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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: Allison gilmore <>
Date: Sat, 21 Aug 2021 01:59:18 +0100
Subject: Compensation for your past efforts

Compensation for your past efforts

This is Mr.Allison, from republic of Togo, You may not remember me
again, but I contacted you previously concerning transferring of Huge
Million USD into your bank account.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this
multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with another Greek
Merchant who financed it to a logical conclusion. But due to your
effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed me during
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my

I have left an international certified bank draft for you, worth about
$1,850,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.for your past effort,
contact my secretary and he will give you full details on how to
receive your $1,850,000.00 dollars into your account.

Below is contact information of my secretary,

CONTACT: (lawyer Villi Pedro)

Best Regards,

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