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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: "Chase Morgan Bank - Mr. Dapo Olagunju" <<>>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:10:16 +0200
Subject: Re: Your Abandoned Inter Bank Deposit ......... gm

Dapo Olagunju
Managing Director & Head of West Africa
JPMorgan Chase & Co
+1 (516) 744-1351

Dear Sir,

I am divulging this vital information to you which entails an
inheritance investment amount abandoned with our bank which is
valued at US$5,400,000.00 million.

The management of the JPMorgan Chase is undergoing a process of
confiscation of unclaimed, unfiltered, incomplete and suspected
deposits emanating and originating from West African banks.

Your name with file no: JPMC-WSAF-XX01593 is on the list
submitted. It is my designate, legal and official duty for final
assessment before confiscation is carried out.

Presently, I am in West Africa for a Thirty (30) days valuation
process and external auditing. If you’re still willing to squash
the confiscation and thereby receive the US$5,400,000.00, contact
me immediately.

Yours faithful,

Dapo Olagunju

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