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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: "MR. DONALD COLLINS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jan 2019 13:01:33 -0500

Dear: Friend
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope This mail meets you in a perfect condition, You may not understand why This mail came to you, But if you do not remember me, you might have Receive an email from me in the past regarding a Investment Business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that this Investment business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished Transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other.
But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of bank to my new partner's bank account in Australia that Was capable of Assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, Sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $6,500,000.00. I have left an ATM MASTER CARD for you worth about $6,500,000.00. Cash-able anywhere in the world. My dear friend I will advice you to Contact Mr. David Moses, for the collection of this ATM MASTER CARD, He is the Managing Director of United Bank For Africa I have Instructed him to release the ATM MASTER CARD to you as soon as you contacted him regarding this issue.
At the moment, I 'm very busy here because of the investment projects Which myself and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like You to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my Heart and also comply with Mr. David Moses, so that he will Send the ATM MASTER CARD to you without any delay.
Contact: Mr. David Moses
Contact Tel: +2348037288133
Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone Number/your address where you want him to send the ATM MASTER CARD to you. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon.
Mr. Donald Collins.

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