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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: "Barr; Michael Eweh" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 12:36:14 +0100


This is to inform you that i have successful transferred the sum of
27.5m usd through the help of my new partner,I am now in Dubai doing
Investment with my own share of the funds,Meanwhile, i did not forget
your pass effort in which you were tried all you can to help me,
therefore Contact my secretary Mr JOHN HWARK at Uganda, as i left
an ATM CARD of $3.5m usd for him as your compensation,And i instructed him
to send it to you immediately after you contacted him with your full

This is his contact info,
Name; Mr, John Hwark.
Country; Uganda.

Kindly get back to me immediately after you received the CARD, Thank
you once again for your help.Stay Safe.

With Regards.

Barr; Michael Eweh.

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