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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: Adrian Bayford <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2019 05:26:06 +0700
Subject: Contact me on ( For More Info.

Gillian and I won Jackpot on the 10/08/2012, And we did lots of charity donation before we divorced,

After our separation, I continued with the charity works and also did some investment on real estate business.

To fulfill my promise on giving to others in need i decided to continue with this charity work.

am donating $2,000,000 each to 5 lucky people this Month and you are One of the lucky recipients.

Contact me on ( For More Info.


Adrian Bayford.

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