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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: From Austin Brendan <>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2020 12:57:14 +0000
Subject: Greeting,

From Austin & Doris Brendan.
P.O. Box 01 Abidjan.
Abidjan-Ivory coast.

Permit me to disclose my mind of contacting you, my names is Austin &
Doris Brendan, the only son and daughter of late Mr. Brendan A.
Joseph, we are reaching you with faith to solicit for your kind
assistance to protect our future, we stand right now as orphan because
of family issue, my late father was poison to death by his
brother's/Uncles because of lands dispute investment project, my late
father was a well known business man when he was alive, he deals with
Gold and Precious Stones Marchant/Real Estate, after the burial of my
late father, his brothers been my Uncles succeeded by collecting his
property as a result of tradition issue raising up as inherited, my
late mother was forced to surrender every investment belonging to my
late father, which at the end of the day she become frustrated and
decided to left our matrimonial home for sefaty.

Unfortunately our mother died last three months ago after suffered
kidney surgical operation in hospital, When she was on hospital bed
before her painful death, she advised me to seek for a foreign
assistance that will help us to receive funds and go into investment
with it, i am reaching you concerning the money my late father
deposited with a bank, we inherited the sum of $12.7 Million Dollars,
from our late parents which i need your assistance to help us transfer
the funds into your account, i will like to invest the funds in your
country through your help, also you will help us come over to your
country for safety and to enable us continue our education, your
assistance will be highly needed.

As my late mother advised me before her dead, we need your assistance
to help move this funds out for investment in your country as a God
fearing person, for your assistance we will offer you 15% of the total
sum of US $12.7 million dollars, and 5% for any expenses which you
will make in course of this transaction, it please us seeing you
accomplish our project as we have decided to invest this money with
you in your country and resettle our future life and security, please
consider us as your children and show us who faithfully you are going
to be with us if we come over to your country, because this is the
only inheritance we inherit from my late percent in other to live,
please this is an urgent letter, may God bless you as you will come in
to rescue me and my younger sister as your children, please for more
information get back to us through our private email address at
Anxiously waiting for your interesting reply!
Best Regards.
Austin & Doris Brendan.

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