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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: John Williams <>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2020 12:19:22 +0100
Subject: URGENT


I'm the delivery agent assigned to dispatch your package. I have
successfully arrived this morning at Jacksonville International Airport
Florida with your package which worth the sum US$1.5 Million Dollars,
However, am waiting for you to get back to me with your delivery Address
because once I finish up with some delivery I have here in Florida I will
immediately proceed to your address to deliver your package to you.

Try and get back to me today or call me with this number (209) 215-3451
because if I did not hear from you once I finish up with delivery I have
here in Florida then I will immediately go back because I don't have much
time to waste.

Thanks and God Bless You.

Kind Regard,
John Williams
(209) 215-3451

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