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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: Solomon Dyke <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:31:00 +0100

Hello my good friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail finds you in an excellent condition of health. But if you do not
remember me, you have received an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using
this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has
been concluded with another Merchant who financed it to a logical

I thank you for your great effort towards our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account, due to one reason or the other best to known you at that
time. Due to the effort, courage, honesty and trustworthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction, I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand United
States Dollars ($750,000.00).

I have left an international certified bank draft for you worth
US$750,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world. My dear friend, please
contact my account officer, Mr. Oswald Lewis, so that he will send the bank
draft to you without any delay. At the moment, I'm very busy here in China,
trying to invest my own share of the funds with my new partner. Please
accept this as my token of appreciation.

CONTACT: Mr. Oswald Lewis
TEL: +2347032764703

You should send him your full Name, telephone number and contact address
and ask him to release the bank draft to you because i have instructed him.

Thanks and God bless you.

Cordial wishes,
Dr. Solomon Dyke

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