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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. Jeh Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2021 11:55:17 +0100
Subject: if you need to receive your money of ($22.8Million)( )

Hello How are you going and I am written to inform you about your Bank
Cheque Draft brought by the United Embassy from the government of USA in
the white house USA has been mandated to be deliver to your address on
Friday,06 Aug 2021 to you as soon as you get back to me with your if you
need to receive your money of ($22.8Million)
( )

1)Wire transfer...........send the fee of $100 now iTunes card

2) ATM CARD.............send the fee of $150 now iTunes card

3) Online account set up...............send the fee of $350 now iTunes

3) Bank Draft.....................send the fee of $250 now iTunes card

( )
1.Full Name:
2.Full Address:
6.Phone Number:
8.Your whatsapp number:
9.Your Hangout:

( )
Sincerely yours okay
Mr. Jeh Johnson

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