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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: Louis Jansesens <>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:48:12 -0700

Hello, I'm Louis Janssens, with Societe Generale Bank here in Brussels
Belgium. I sincerely seek to present you as the Next of Kin to a late
client who left behind $145 million dollars in a fixed deposit account
in my bank before his demise.

The British born client was into Diamond and Gold mining and died
without a Next of Kin. I shall obtain the legal documents that will
give you legal rights to make this claim legitimately. I am willing to
share the funds 60/40 with you and this will be completed within 72
hours. With the legal documents, the bank will approve you as the Next
of Kin and pay out this amount to you within three working days. I
considered the funds would be of better use to both of us instead of
allowing corrupt politicians confiscate the funds.

Please reach me as soon as possible with your full name, address,
direct contact number and occupation for the processing of the legal
documents if you are interested and can be trusted to return my own
share when you have received the funds in your bank account. More
information shall be given to you once I hear from you.

However if you are not interested in the offer, kindly delete this
message from your mailbox and pretend that I never contacted you. I'll
continue my search for a liable person that will help out.

Best Wishes,
Louis Janssens
Auditor General.
Brussels, Belgium

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