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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2020 05:43:59 +0000
Subject: Untitled form

Untitled form

To fill it out, visit:
Kindly confirm the receipt of this message via
Complement of the season, my name is Mr. Ignazio Visco (Governor) Banca
D' Italia, Via Cordusio 5-20123, Mailano, Italy. I am writing you this
letter in a good faith and I got your information when I was searching for
an oversea partner among other names, I ask for your pardon if my approach
is offensive as I never meant to invade your privacy through this means
also i believe this is the best and secured means I can pass my message
across to you in clear terms. I have sent you this proposal before now; I
do hope this will get to you in good health.
Recently, I came across a very huge sum of money belonging to a deceased
person (Christian Eich). He is foreigner, unfortunately He is now late as
he was amongst those that were killed in the plane crash during his visit
to London as you can confirm through this website
This man was our client and he has a Fixed Deposit US$3,600,000.00 with 10%
interest for 20 years now which is US$7,200,000.00 making total of
US$10,800,000.00 (Ten Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
Only.) lying unclaimed in our custody and there is no next of kin mentioned
in his file also there is no how we can reach any of his other relatives.
All efforts made by me to establish contacts with any other of his relation
have proved abortive and unsuccessful also his fixed deposit will expire in
the next few months. I am contacting you in view of the fact that the
deceased customer is a foreigner, it is officially important for the
involvement of a foreigner who will stand as a the owner of this unclaimed
I will use my exalted position in this Bank to arrange all the necessary
documents legally and without any risk to present you as the next of kin
and the fund will be Safely transferred into your bank account for us to
shear. I will give you more information as soon as you indicate your
willingness to assist me in this viable transaction,
Kindly confirm the receipt of this message via
Mr. Ignazio Visco (Governor)

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