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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. John F. Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2021 21:56:08 -0700
Subject: Attn Beneficially,

Attn Beneficially,

This is your first Payment of $5000 usd register today, So kindly
reconfirm as, You’re full Name… Your...You’re Telephone Number…Your
Age…Your Marital status…A Copy of Your ID or your approval payment of
$4.5Million sign to release immediately to you, Contact Western union
Office immediately.

Agent: Mr Kevin Anything.
TEL: +229 91815777
E-mail (

Please try to contact him today for him to forward the payment
information to you, Remember to Indicate the registration code of
EB-2520 to him when e-mailing or calling him, Also he will be sending
you $5,000.00 daily as per my discussion with him.

Best Regards
Mr. John F. Williams.

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