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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.Joanne Edmund" <>
Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2019 13:36:11 +0300

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Joanne Edmund and I am very happy to inform you about my
in getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my
on his email address below and receive your compensation of
us dollars from him:

NAME: Mr.Charles Ben
Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:

Your full name______
Your address_______
Your country_________
Your age_______________
Your occupation_______
Your Phone number_______

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he
will not release the fund to you because he has to be sure that it is
Ask him to send you the total sum of ($5,000,000.00 )Through Bank
which I kept for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email or
phone for now because I am currently away in Japan for investment
purpose with my share and I will be busy till about six months time or
a year.

Best regards,
Mr.Joanne Edmund

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