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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: Marlon Mayor <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2020 01:09:19 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?B?Wz8/Pz8/XU5pY2UgdG8gbWVldCB5b3Ug?=

Dearest in mind,

I would like to introduce myself for the first time. My name is Barrister Marlon Mayor, the personal lawyer to my late client. Who worked as a private businessman in the international field. In 2014, my client succumbed to an unfortunate car accident in Switzerland. My client was single and childless, He left a fortune worth $29,500,000.00 Dollars in a Bank in Amsterdam Netherlands.The bank sent me message that I have to introduce a beneficiary or the money in their bank will be confiscate. My purpose of contacting you is to make you the Next of Kin.

My late client left no will, I as his personal lawyer, was commissioned by the Amsterdam Netherlands to search for relatives to whom the money left behind could be paid to. I have been looking for his relatives for the past 3 months continuously without success. Now I explain why I need your support.

I hereby ask if you will give me your consent to present you to the Amsterdam Bank in Netherlands as the next of kin to my deceased client.I would like to point out that you will receive 40% of the share of this money, 50% then I would be entitled to, 10% percent will be donated to charitable organizations.

If you are interested, please contact me at my private contact details.

I am waiting for your answer

Best regards,
Marlon Mayor

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