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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: Global Peace Foundation <>
Reply-To: John Ilson <>
Date: Sat, 12 May 2018 02:18:57 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: Good day. Global Peace Foundation. Please Advice

Good day.

I hope all is well. The payment to Windsor Primetime LLC for Mrs. Loida Lewis in the amount of $162,120,500 for the Reginald Lewis film documentary was well received. Thanks to the entire philanthropist for their generous donation of money to good causes, we say thank you very much. However Mrs. Loida Lewis have request to make donation of $1,298,550 to you on behalf of Global Peace Foundation for the betterment of HEARTBEAT HEALTHCARE SERVICES (Health Care Centre) in your constituency. Please advice.

Let me know when you want us to process this, Thank you for your time. God bless.

Dr. John Ilson, Jr.
National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)
Director Duncan Lawrie Trust & Its Affiliates
President & Chief Executive Officer
Thurgood Marshall Center Building
Washington Office: 1816 12th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
New York Office: 20 Corporate Woods Blvd # 600
4th Floor, Albany, NY 12211
WhatsApp Number: +1 585-632-0619
Phone Number: +1 518-552-5272
Fax Number: +1 518-552-5200

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