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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: "Dr.John Adams" <>
Reply-To: "Dr.John Adams" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:57:30 +0900 (JST)


This is to notify you that after we met today with The President, Accountant General of the Federation, Office of the Senate House, and House of Representatives we came to a conclusion that we have to pay you the sum of $16.5m as your contract entitlement. The payment will come to you via Diplomatic courier service, therefore you are to rec-confirm the following;

1) Your Full Name.
2) Phone No:
3) Residential Address:
4) Nearest Airport

And use this below information to reach the deliveryman;

Contact Name: Edwin Mark

Your immediate respond is urgently needed.

Best Regards
Dr.John Adams
Executive Governor

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