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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.Joseph
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2019 09:21:51 -0700
Subject: =?utf-8?B?U3BhbTogUGFja2FnZSBEZWxpdmVyeQ==?=

This is Mr. Joseph Jude from Nigeria, How are you and your family?
You may not know me again, but I contacted you previously concerning
transferring $10m into your account. You agreed to help me but later
opted out because you said you will not pay any upfront money. I want
to inform you that I have successfully transferred the money to
someone else who was capable of assisting me. Due to your effort,
sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during the course of
the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude

I have bought some gifts which include jewelries, Clothes, ipads and
laptops for you. I have Not paid for the courier company that will convey
it to your house. Inside the laptops, you will see $20,000 each (50
laptops) making it $1,000,000,00. I hid them inside the laptops so
that nobody will see it.

Contact Person: Mr. Freeman David
Location: New York
Telephone +1(917)983-9365

Please Agent Walter Gusky with your address and phone number to enable
deliver the box that contain the gift.

Once again thanks for your advice and encouragement

Mr.Joseph Jude

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