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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: Josan Nowak <>
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 17:46:49 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Donation

Greetings Dear

I am Mrs, Josan Nowak from London, i am a widow without any children,My late husband Mr Mogab Nowak dead in the year 2012, Recently my doctor told me that I would not last for the next four months due to cancer problem the one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness, My dear in the Lord i have a fund Donation of $ 2.5 Million dollars for you for charity project.I took this decision because i don't have any child that will inherit this money even if i die and I don't want this fund to be invested in ungodly way. Please quickly reply to me for more information,

Remain blessed.
Your Sister,
Mrs. Josan Nowak

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