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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. Evelyn Jaxon" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 12:57:26 +0000
Subject: Donation Fund From Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

My Humble Greetings,
How are you doing today my dear, I'm Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon. I have a
donation fund of $2.800,000.00 million dollars that I want to donate
through your help for a charity project. I am writing to you from the
hospital bed because my health is bad.
I will appreciate your honesty and courage in these donation, i will
be happy if you get back to me for more information

Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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