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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: "Mrs Helen Jorg" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 21 Mar 2020 03:49:53 -0700

My name is  Mrs Helen Jorg, I really do not mean to waste your time.
Considering the fact that this is a $5,500,000.00dollars. deal shear rate 50/50 % and i would like you to be honest with me.
I carefully contact you due to many Internet frauds nowadays.but i put my faith in God because all things in life is by risk but don't let me down now or after,  This is Mr. Plavia Shakunthala Lobo  and his family was involved in plan crash 22nd of May 2010 in List of passengers on Air India Express flight that crash
32.Plaviashakunthala  Lobo  33. Venishanikola Lobo 34.
Vishalfloid Lobo (child) and all family died without any inheritance or next of kin so i want you to work together with me been an attorney so this is Mr. Plaviashakunthala Lobo account details:
Bank name:       Orabank Benin
Bank Address:    Cotonou Benin Republic
Account name:    Plavia Shakunthala Lobo
Account Number:  5820006534
Account Balance: $5,500,000.00 dollars
Date of deposit:  19th December, 2009
Account officer:  Mrs Dora Clement
I was with  Mr.  Plaviashakunthala  Lobo as a legal witness when this money was deposited as fixed deposit in 2009. Since his demise, I have visited this bank three times. Contact the bank and ask for the confirmation of his involvement in the plane crash.check the website:
Upon the receipt of your information,i will give you the Account password of the Account number above to Login to the Account for view of the said fund online to enable us to move forward,Kindly send your information as soon as you receive this letter for us move forward.
May the good Lord bless you and your family.
Best Regards.
Mrs Helen Jorg
You can contact me with my private email: 

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