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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: Armand Agbo<>
Date: 10 Oct 2020 05:56:47 +0100
Subject: De Mr Armand AGBO(Demande de Partenariat / Partnership Request)

De Mr Armand AGBO

Je suis Mr Armand AGBO de nationalité béninoise, gestionnaire de
compte dans une institution bancaire. Je vous prie de m'excuser
pour cette intrusion inattendue de ma part car c'est suite à une
recherche via internet que j'ai trouvé votre contact et après
avoir parcouru votre profil, je suis convaincu que vous serez
mieux placé pour exécuter cette transaction commerciale avec moi.

En effet, ceci concerne l’un de nos clients qui est décédé depuis
près de 5 ans et qui dispose un compte sans successeur ni
mandataire mentionné dans les fichiers ni dans les archives. Je
viens donc par ce message vous solliciter pour un partenariat
comme suit : Ce compte est actuellement inactif et est bloqué
mais c’est un compte physique lié à un compte en ligne. Je tiens
à avoir votre accord de collaboration afin d’inscrire votre nom
en tant que bénéficiaire de succession au codicille et dernier
testament de ce dernier dans nos fichiers et archives.

Cette transaction est 100% sans risque seulement une confiance
mutuelle car tous les documents juridiques qui seront utilisés
pour traiter ce dossier seront traités par moi, dans votre
acceptation de coopérer avec moi sur cette affaire.

Veuillez me faire parvenir votre lettre d'acceptation pour me
permettre de commencer à vous procurer tous les documents
juridiques pour la libération de ses fonds. Voici mon adresse e-
mail personnelle:

Cordialement …


By Mr Armand AGBO

I am Mr Armand AGBO of Beninese nationality, account manager in a
banking institution. I apologize for this unexpected intrusion on
my part because it is following an internet search that I found
your contact and after having browsed your profile, I am
convinced that you will be in a better position to execute this
transaction. commercial with me.

Indeed, this concerns one of our clients who has been deceased
for almost 5 years and who has an account without a successor or
representative mentioned in the files or in the archives. So I
come by this message to solicit you for a partnership as follows:
This account is currently inactive and is blocked but it is a
physical account linked to an online account. I would like to
have your collaboration agreement in order to register your name
as beneficiary of the estate in the codicil and last will of the
latter in our files and archives.

This transaction is 100% risk free only mutual trust as all legal
documents that will be used to process this case will be handled
by me, in your agreement to cooperate with me on this matter.

Please send me your letter of acceptance to allow me to start
getting all the legal documents for the release of its funds.
Here is my personal email address:

Cordially …

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