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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.Gift Brown" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2021 02:29:55 -0800
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Hello Dear Good Friend is me Mrs.Gift Brown !!

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope
this mail finds you in an excellent condition of health. But if you do
not remember me, you have received an email from me in the past
regarding a confidential business proposal which we never concluded. I
am using this opportunity to inform you that the business has been
concluded with another Merchant who financed it to a logical

I thank you for your great effort towards our unfinished
transaction,due to one reason or the other best to known you at that
time. Due to the effort, sincerity, and trustworthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction, we want to compensate you with
your percentage and show our gratitude to you with the sum of Eight
Million, Seven hundred and fifty thousand United States dollars.I have
left an international ATM CARD for you, worth USD$8,750,000.00
withdrew anywhere in the world.

My dear friend Feel free to contact Mr Hartman Eric Jr,so that he will
release the Atm to you. At the moment,I'm very busy and will like you
to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my
heart. Below is his contact information.

Contact Person Name: Mr Hartman Eric Jr. (Account Officer).

Therefore, you should contact him and ask him to release the Atm to
you because I have instructed him to do so.

Best Regards,
Mrs.Gift Brown

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