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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: "Mr.James William" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 09:22:28 +0100
Subject: very urgent please

Hello how are you doing today

I'm Mr. James William I just arrived at your Airport with your valued
consignment box of $28.5 million dollars 45 minutes ago, please
reconfirm your information
to me so that I can proceed to your home right now with your
consignment box immediately. I'm waiting for your prompt reply with
your full information

1)Your full name ..........
2)Your home address.................
3)Your Cell Telephone...................
4)Your ID Card ...............
5)contact by calls or text massage.... + 1(205) 212-1039

Agent Mr. James William

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