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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: "John Richard" <>
Reply-To: < >
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2019 17:01:18 -0500
Subject: Reply Urgently

Global Resources Scotland.
ABZ Business Park Dyce
United Kingdom
AB21 0BH
Hello Dear,
I need a reliable and trust worthy partner to assist me clear the sum 10.5 Million British Pounds deposited by a Kuwaiti Prince(who died in 2014) in our Vaults here in Scotland into your bank account .
If you are interested, please kindly contact me directly ASAP with your private mailing address and cell phone number for question and more details.Percentage is highly lucrative.
Please respond to this Email Via:-
Kind Regards,
John Richard

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