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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 Mark <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2021 04:06:09 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend,
How Are you and how is your family doing, how are you coping with the
Covid19 situation in your country. I have $12.5Million US Dollars and
150KG of Gold Dust deposited in a security company here in Cote D Voire,by
my late client, who die 6yrs ago with his entire family in plane crash. I
need your cooperation, to be able to present you as the beneficiary to the
deposited valuable items. So that the consignment can be deliver to you by
the security company to any choosing destination by you. You can also come
dawn and expedite all the process by your self if you choose to do so. You
are to furnish me with the
following, Your Full Address, Your Full Names, Your Age/Phone Number,ID
Card and Occupation.

John Omar Mark. .

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