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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 Dafina Danson <>
Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2021 12:34:44 -1200
Subject: Re: From Madam. Dafina Danson,

Hello My Dear,

My Greetings to you, MY Dear This is my second email to you but No
reply. Why? Please I need a good clarification / my question is; have you
received your charity offer this sum of €4.8 MILLION EUROS from the
correspondence bank?

It's just because the donation offer this sum of €4.8 MILLION EUROS has
been registered in your name for Humanitarian & Charity works to help
those Less privileges and old folks living in your home town as part of
rural & Charity Supports in your community.

Please i need your urgent clarifications. Have you received the donation
offer or not yet?

Best Regards,
From Mrs Dafina Danson
Secretary of Economic & Development(OECD).

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