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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. Eric Axford" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:27:17 -0800
Subject: Re: Bank Deal.

Good Day,

I am Mr. Eric Axford presently working as a foreign director with Financial Service Authority (FSA) United Kingdom. I decided to reach you directly to solicit your assistance in making a bank business transaction partnership and transfer of $65.9M into your country within few banking days. Please take out a moment of your very busy schedule to respond back if you are interested so that i can explain more about this transaction and source of the the fund.

I await your urgent reply.

Yours Truly,

Mr. Eric Axford

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