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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: "E.Edward" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:10:49 -0500
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Letter_of_Appreciation_from_=C3=89lise_J=2E_Edward=2E?=

My dear friend,

How are you doing hope all is well with you?

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 multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never
concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the
multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance
of another partner from France who financed the transaction to a
logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great efforts to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. I
want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to my
new partner's account in China 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 USD
500,000. I have left a certified bank draft for you worth of
USD500,000.00 cash able anywhere in the world, Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars Only.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer with
heritage bank on his email address at:
for the collection of your bank draft, his names are: James Kodjo,
I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact
him regarding for it. At the moment, I'm very busy with my partner
because of the investment project which I and my 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,Also comply with Mr.
James's directive so that your money can reach you without delay, I
trust, he will ensure that you receive this fund.

Contact person's name: Mr. James Kodjo
Email address:

Yours sincerely,
Élise J. Edward.

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