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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: "Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2021 20:54:23 +0000
Subject: Donation Fund From Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

Greetings my beloved friend, how are you doing?
I am Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon, please I have a fund of $2,800,000.00 Million
Dollars that I want to donate through you for the orphanage, widow and
charity home.
I am writing from the hospital where I was diagnosed because of blood
cancer for a very long time and I am afraid that I might lose this fund to
the government here if I die because I want the fund to be for the poor in

I will appreciate your honesty and courage to handle this fund to help the
orphans and the charity home. As soon as I receive your message regarding
your interest in this fund to help the charity home and the less
privileges, I will give you more details about this fund.

Regards From Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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