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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: "Wayne Harris Foundation" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:09:22 +0100
Subject: Kind Attention.

Greetings to you,

My name is Mr Wayne Harris, born and raised in the area of Homer, Cortland County, New York United State I spent the next 23 years working as an electrical engineer before i joined The Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Episcopal monastery in Cambridge, But eventually came home to New York to take care of my dad on his old age and i currently have a small business in the area of Homer, Recently i have moved to United Kingdom for a course am undergoing, after i won my Power ball Jackpot of $105 Million in October 26th 2017 My jackpot was a gift from God i and my entire family has agreed to do the will of God.

I promised God that I will do the right thing to his glory by investing 50 percent of my money to charity in helping humanity start from the first month of 2018 I have picked 8 lucky people from registered email addresses provided by Microsoft list/Google list/Facebook users.

I may not know you but I believe if you were chosen by God to receive my donation of $2,000,000.00 You must be a God fearing man/woman am Christian and i believe that Good things happens to those who wait and believe in faith and in truth.

our father in heaven directed me to you as I prayed and searched over the Internet for assistance because I saw your profile on a list of registered email addresses provided to me by Microsoft list/Google list/Facebook users from which I picked you and 8 others specifically from Facebook/google this year 2018.

I want to use this medium to congratulate you once again for being one of the lucky individual to benefict in this project(Two million USD grant) Be assured you stand no risk as this is my money for source and verification you can read more about me by Viewing this:

I decided to make my donation to both charity and Individuals as God lead me to you and i told some Ministers about this which they see as a welcome idea and my donation will help life's also put smile on the face of the needy, I decided to select by myself by going to Facebook/google to make research, the granted amount ($2,000,000.00) may not be much but i believe it will go a long way to improving your standard of living like my Powerball Jackpot did.

Presently, I have willed out almost half of my Power ball Jackpot to several charity homes and to some of the less privilege in different countries.Despite the agreement between me and my family to give aid to the deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not meet before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us to do same.

I deposited some fund in the sum of $2,000,000.00 with DHL four weeks ago to deliver to you, but i was ill so i could not send you an email until today. what you have to do now is to contact the DHL COURIER as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you.For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country You have to contact the DHL COURIER now for the delivery of your cheque with this information bellow;

Contact Person: Sir.Powell G. White
Email Address:
Phone: +31684179881

Again, you are not to pay for the delivering Charge, the Insurance premium and the Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque because I have already paid for them, the only money you are expected to pay is $1,795 for the security keeping of the cheque so far.I would have paid the fee but the company insisted that I should not because they don't know when you will be contacting them and to avoid demurrage or further cost.You are to reconfirm the below information to them to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.

1. Your Full Name. 2. Your Complete Address. 3. Age.
4. Direct Telephone Number.

Below is the security keeping code: (QKM18-201-1XQM) for your draft, you are to also present it to them for verification before delivery.Please, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay.

Sincerely Yours,
Wayne Harris Foundation

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