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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: Williams Johnson <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 08:40:26 +0000
Subject: Compliment of the day


I am Mr Williams Johnson, A personal attorney to a deceased client of
mine, Who deposited the sum of $ 17.5 Million USD with a bank here in
Burkina Faso. He died as the result of a heart-related condition,His
heart condition was due to the death of his wife and only son that was
involve in the Air Flight Crashes. mine client has died without any
registered next of kin, I contacted you because you have the same
surname with my late client. his fund at the bank has an open
beneficiary mandate as declares by the Court.

Please contact me through this email address: , upon your response i
will give you the details.

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