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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: "Mr. Perry Edwards" <>
Date: 23 Aug 2019 09:45:09 -0700
Subject: Attention



I wish to notify you that you are the beneficiary to the total
sum of $10,600,000.00 Million (Ten Million Six Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars). This is the sum deposited by my late
client with the bank months before his eventual and unexpected

I am contacting you because you bear the surname identity and I
can therefore present you as the beneficiary to the inheritance.
I have no iota of doubt that you could receive these funds as you
are qualified by your name identity. All the legal papers will be
processed in your acceptance.

In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly
forward to us your letter of acceptance; your current telephone
and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file
necessary documents at our high court probate division for the
release of this sum of money.

Please contact me on this address: for
further details.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Perry Edwards.

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