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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. Aziz Hassan" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2021 12:58:42 +0100
Subject: Re : my friend waiting your urgent response

Good Day,
I got attracted by your maturity and exposure and I would like to give
you a privileged information. Would you mind partnering with me
on an available $11,800.000.00 U.S.Dollars investment project in your country?
more details will be available on Your response please.
With kind regards,

Full names ......
Contact address .......
Date of birth.......
The next of kin ......
Valid ID
Private phone number ..........
Country .............
Contact me through this email (

God bless you
Mr. Aziz Hassan

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