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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: "Dr Richard Barton" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 16:13:57 -0700
Subject: Your 1,200,000.00 Covid19 Compensation

Hello my good friend.

Hope all is well with you and your family?, I want to inform you that
This multimillion-dollar business has been concluded with the
Assistance of another partner.

I left a cheque of US$1.2million cash able anywhere in the world for
your Compensation, Contact the delivery Agent with this email
( ) and provide them your telephone number
And address where to send you the cheque.

I have forwarded instruction to them concerning your cheque, they will
Send it immediately. I'm busy here with the investment projects,

I Remain Your Friend,
Dr Richard Barton

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