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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: John Williams <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 16:23:09 +0100
Subject: Dear friend

Dear friend

How are you today? I think it has been a long time since our last
communication. In any case, I will contact you again in connection
with our previous transaction, which was not successful for you.
Sorry, your partnership with me cannot complete the funds transfer. I
don’t know, maybe because of the strong pressure you have to put up
with your interest in the deal.

In any case, I am pleased to inform you of my success in receiving
funds transferred by a new partner from Venezuela. I am currently in
Venezuela for investment. However, I did not forget my previous
efforts and tried to help me with the transfer of the fund, despite
the fact that we could not come to a concrete conclusion. Thanks to my
efforts to help me, my new partner and I decided to compensate you
850,000.00 euros so that you can enjoy joy and happiness with us.

I left your compensation visa with my secretary to help me send it.
Now contact my secretary in Togo, her name is Mrs. Alifah Moumudun and
her email address is ( ). Tell her to send you a
$ 850,000 Visa ATM card. I am currently very busy in Venezuela due to
the investment projects I have with my new partner. Rather contact
Alifah Moumudun, tell her where to send the compensation visa. The
card will be sent to you immediately. I wish you the best in all your

Yours sincerely
John Williams.

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