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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: Edwin Green <>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2020 05:27:53 +0000
Subject: Mr Edwin Green from United Kingdom London,


I am Mr Edwin Green from United Kingdom London, I was directed by HSBC & Chase Bank of UK to pay the sum of £2,919,502.77 (GBP) (USD3,800,000.00) to you as a compensation fund due to many fund transaction you were engaged in the past, and you have spent your hard earn money finally did not receive the fund.

Kindly respond to this message in order to direct you on how to receive the fund by Bank Wire Transfer to any of your nominated bank account within 5 days without any further delay.

I look forward to receive your urgent response. Call or whatsapp me on the below phone number.

Telephone: +447537130415
Mr.Edwin Green
England United Kingdom

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