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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. Scott Donald" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2020 10:44:34 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,

My Name is Mr. Scott Donald a Successful Businessman dealing with
Exportation, I got your mail contact through search to let you know my
intension and my Ugly Situation Am a dying Man here in Los Angeles
California Hospital Bed in (USA), I Lost my Wife and my only Daughter
for Covid-19 same Symptom and High Blood Health Problem and I know I
will die anytime,

I have a project that I am about to hand over to you and I know you
have a good heart to release this project as I measure. I'm doing this
before my last Silent day's on Earth"I want to transfer my fund sum of
£3,7M GBP. Equivalent to €4,077,033.91 EUR, to you as to enable you to
give 50% of this fund to Charitable Home in your State and take 50%
don't think otherwise and why would I Mr. Scott Donald ask you to
deliver this message please don't feel embarrassed that I'm sending
you an errand, help me do this for the happiness of my Wife Soul and
to assist the Orphans please, use the fund as I said I have no means
to reach any Charitable Home there. help me here is my Doctor
Whats-app Number for an urgent notice from you +13019692737

Hope To Hear From You.

My Regards.
Mr. Scott Donald

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