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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: "Brayn Scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 00:45:26 -0700

Dear Sir,
Iím Brayn Scott, an Account Manager with a reputable world class banking organization in Canada. I serve as an Investment, Inheritance Coordinator and business development Executive in my humble capacity. I have an impressive and all important discussion of interest and mutual benefits to share with you.
I would like to personally open a discussion with you on a mutual life-time economic opportunity that will bring about change unprecedented to you and I. You will not go wrong if you take a decision to work with me purely on personality and integrity dynamics.Please reply to my private email:
I look forward to receiving your prompt favorable email response.
Thank you
Yours Sincerely,
Brayn Scott
Account Manager

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