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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. Aquilino Jomar" <>
Date: Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:42:53 -0700

I am Mr. Aquilino Jomar the Regional Manager of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A Malina Philippines.
I will like to do a very brief business with you, there is a dormant Account in my bank, with a credit balance of(Usd$ twenty two
Million united state dollars which has been dormant for about eight years

on my further investigation,i discovered that the owner of this. Account, a foreigner {Mr Robert} who died eight years ago in the city of Malina. What i need from you is to use your name as the beneficiary and next of kin to the original account owner. And then use my position as the Manager and secretly give clearance for onward remission of this fund into your
Designated bank account. This will be easier because the Disease bears the same surname with you and it will make you automatic beneficiary as next of kin to this account but on n account will you let out this to anyone or to any of the agent in my bank s I will be doing this under proxy to avoid my colleges from getting to know about this deal.

I will supply you with all the necessary information about the Account,which you will present to the bank through a lawyer after the bank Has accepted your application, then i will move ahead to destroy every Document associated with this business. And we will go ahead to share his fund at ratio 40 and 55 percent, 40% for your services, and 55% for me, the remaining 5% will be set aside for any expenses incurred during this transaction.
Please your urgent reply is needed so as to stop further contacts. This isFor people who know the value of banking system,kindly include your
Telephone and fax numbers.

Best regards,
Mr. Aquilino Jomar

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