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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: "Donald James." <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:26:04 -0700
Subject: 17/08/2021 For you

Compliment of day to you.

Please i need your kind Assistance. I will be very glad if you can
assist me to receive this sum of ( USD$ 10.5 Million US Dollars) into
your bank account for the benefit of our both families for onward
investment in any profitable Oriented business in your country, reply
me if you are ready to receive this fund.

To enable me start the process I need the following information from
you by e-mail:

(1) Full Names: (2) Residential Address: (3) Country of Residence: (4)
Age: (5) Phone/Cell Number: (6) Occupation:

May Almighty God Bless You!

Best Regards,
Mr.Donald James

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