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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. John Marthins" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jul 2019 00:30:23 -0700
Subject: Urgent Reply

Good day my Dear:

Your check has been deposited in the Bank of Africa under the care of ( Mr. Henry Chidike ) as we discussed.. Please mail him immediately to send the check to you. I am in Colombia now. I deposited $3.5 Million USD cashier check for now and will send you the rest of money after my business trip here.I apologize for late response, my computer was affected by virus, and it took me two days to reformat it and retrieve your contact information.

So mail (Mr. Chidike) with below email for him to send the check to you:
here is his email:(

or call him at: +229-61860409)

Kindly re-confirm to him your personal information per as follow:

Your full name..............
Your house address ...............
Your direct phone number ...................
Your occupation ....................
Your country's name ................
Your age ...................

Thanks and do let me know when you receive it.. Please, you may request for check remittance and wire transfer of this funds in your account if you wish, the Bank says, such is possible as well instead of getting it mailed.

Best regards.
Mr. John Marthins

Bros, i tried ti open an alternative gmail as i told you, but my network is very bad, so you can ask someone to help you open it so that you can replace it in the above alternative in bracket in above format.

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