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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. James W. Abbas" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2020 00:07:26 -0700
Subject: Confidential Delivery

Hello dear Friend,

I am James Williams Abbas and i am writing you regarding to my
consignment boxes which is presently with a Diplomat in California and
the consignment boxes worth millions of US dollars and and the
diplomat is presently in United States making delivery there and the
diplomat also told me to look for who will help me on my behalf to
stand as my beneficiary who is ready to receive the funds and i am
ready to offer you 40% of the total funds, if you indicate your
interest in helping me received the funds from the diplomat and if you
are interested to stand a my next of kin, kindly get back to me
immediately with your full name and cell phone number and ID card and
also your delivery address now.

Mr. James W. Abbas

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