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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: Wadah Grey<>
Date: 16 Aug 2018 10:42:45 -0700

Dear: Sir/Madam,

You may be surprise to receive this email since you don’t know me personally, but with due respect, trust and humility, this proposal is from I, Mr. Grey Wadah, Son of Mr. Kariem and Mrs. Miriam Wadah of Darfur Sudan, indeed my pleasure to contact you for assistance of a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.

My Dear, I got your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a reliable foreign partner that will assist me and my family to transfer sum (funds) to your personal (private) and/or company account for investment purpose.
Though I have not met with you before, but considering the recent political instabilities in my country, I believe one has to risk self-reliance in success sometimes in life. Note; there is a huge amount of money ($75 Million USD) Seventy-Five Million United State Dollars)which my late Father deposited in a private security company awaiting claim before he was assassinated by unknown persons during this war in Darfur Sudan.

Now I have decided to invest the said fund in your country or anywhere safe for security reasons. I have mutually agreed to compensate you with 40% of the total amount if you agree to assist me. Contact me via e-mail on: “

And I will provide to you pertinent details concerns the said fund and way forward. All I require is your honest & kind cooperation; I will give you further detail as soon as you show interest for help.

Best Regards Mr.
Grey Wadah
Contact Email: “

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