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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. Marcus Dassilva" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2021 23:27:37 +0000
Subject: Re: Payments

Good day,

Your sincere attention is highly required to work with us as personal assistant.You are to help us control our Finances in your country,we do have some clients in your Country,All you need doing is
receiving check payments on behalf of the company,get it processed and instructions will be given to you on what to do with the funds.
You will be earning 10,000 dollars as a starter and there is room for more bonuses when you doing a good job.

To get started:

You are to to provide the following information by filling the approval form,Secondly you are required to send your home or office Address NOT. P.O BOX, were you can be reached on the day of delivery
of check payments to you.

1: Full Names:__________________
2: Physical Address:____________
3: City:________________________ 4: State:_____________
5: Zip Code:______________6:Marital Status:____________
7: Country:________________8:Cell Phone No:________________9:Age________________
10. Occupation:_______________11: Nationality: ____________12:Sex:___________

As soon as this is done, you are going to be updated when to start Next week.

Please it is very important you submit recent information.


Yours Sincerely.

Dr Marcus Dasilva.

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