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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.Dangogo Jack" <>
Date: Fri, 7 May 2021 14:38:08 +0000
Subject: Re

Attention Beneficiay

Good day,This are Ecowas Economics And Financial Crime commission Task
Force Office, After our official meeting yesterday with United
Nations United State,European Union and Ecowas Presidents,in
conclusion,they have mandated this Office Named Ecowas Economics And
Financial Crime commission Task Force office to over see the payment
and compensate all scam victims which there names,email is included
for the total payment of $2.5 Million USD which has approved in your
favor.Therefore we have arranged your total payment of $2.5 Million
USD through Master Card ATM which is the latest instruction from the
World Bank president and others respectively. This compensation
includes international businesses that failed due to Government
problems etc.

1 Full Name:...

2 Country:......

3 Delivery Address:.....

4 Telephone......& Occupation.....

5 Your Age...... /Sex............

Best Regards,
Mr.Dangogo Jack

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