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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: "MS.MONICA BROWN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 04:13:55 -0700

Dear Friend

My name is Sgt.Monica Brown. I am seeking your kind assistance to move the sum of ( $ 11.2 million u.s.dollars )Eleven Million, Two Hundred United States Dollars to you, As far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I complete my service here, This is no stolen money, and there are no danger involved. I am presently in a hospital recovering from injuries sustained in a suicide bomb attack.

Source of money:
Please contact me as soon as possible for more details.

Thanks and God bless you,

Sgt.Monica Brown.

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