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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: Adrian Frost <>
Reply-To: Adrian Frost <>
Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2019 10:45:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello

Artemis Fund Investment Ltd.
Cassini House, 57 St James's Street London,,SW1A 1LD.
Web Site:
My Private Email:
My Private : Tel: +447451223051

My name is Adrian Frost, the Fund Manager of Artemis Fund Investment Ltd London office. My client, who died recently during the eastern city of Benghazi insurgency, made a fixed deposit of £14,300 .000.00 Fourteen million, three hundred thousand British Pounds in my branch.

From investigations, he did not declare any next of kin, so I need you as a foreigner to act as the next of kin to get this fund for us because the funds will revert to the UK Treasury if nobody comes forward. My anticipated percentages for sharing shall be fair enough 55% for me, 45% for you.

Please, be inform that we shall commence processing of claims of payment once I receive your interest from you, and the funds will get into your account within Five (5) working days by Telegraphic Transfer (T.T).

Note that this transaction is 100% risk free as long as I am involve. Do acknowledge the receipt of this letter by indicating your interest in this transaction with your direct contact details such as your telephone and fax numbers for easy communication.

Yours truly
Dr. Adrian Frost

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