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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: "Ms.Doris Bailey" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:16:58 -0700
Subject: Attn;

Attn; Sir

I am Ms. Doris Bailey I write to seek your services in a private and confidential matter regarding your assistant on some bothering issue in my mind. I have just found out that my late husband has some investment fund that was deposited in Europe which I am still trying to get hold of the fund which has made me to feel so sad over my inability to get access of the fund.

But I have manage to chat with one of his closed associate who is in U.S.A in the person of Dr. Barry Gardner who has assure me to help trace the fund . He said that the fund was deposited with an open beneficiary belonging to a foreigner .

That I will surely need someone who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund. So I might need your assistant on that as well so that we can claim the consignment. I promised to concede 30% of the total sum to you once the fund is claim and also you will help me concerning investment in your country e.g. Real estate , Solar and Green Energy and I love Mechanise agriculture farming etc.

I will appreciate your kind advised and assistant.

Kindly get back to me.

Ms.Doris Bailey

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