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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. Edward Wakaso" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2020 09:09:43 +0000
Subject: Hello!!

From The Regional Manager!

How are you doing including your family, hope all is well?.

My purpose of contacting you is to crave your indulgence to assist me
in securing some funds abroad. (US$7,500,000.00 ) I am writing you
this proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust in you with
the information I am about to reveal to you.

As you indicate your interest, I will send you the full information
about how the business will be executed.

I expect your urgent reply.

Best regards,
Mr. Edward Wakaso.

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