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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Brian Lloyd" <>
Reply-To: "Brian Lloyd" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 20:20:12 -0800
Subject: Re: Dear Beneficiary !!

Dear Beneficiary,

I am compelled to write you this email for the following reason:- One of
my clients who is now deceased, in His Will, left for someone who bears
your name his entire Cash deposit valued Twenty one million Three
hundred thousand dollars (US$21,300,000.00). The truth is that, l do not
know if you are the beneficiary or not. For two years now, l have tried
effortlessly to locate the name on the will without success hence l have
contacted you.

Can you please get back to me urgently if you are capable of investing
this fund for any profitable ventures in your Country, contact me for
further explanation. my private email:

Mr. Brian Lloyd.

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