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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: Tony Adams <>
Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 06:21:55 -0800

Dear Friend,

My name is Tony Adams and we have been having meetings in our United
Nations Office and have agreed to Compensate you with the sum of
$1.5Million Dollars and the payment was recently approved to you,
which is one of the latest instructions from United Nation.

Therefore, you are advice to contact our chief compensation officer,
Mr. Jones Raymond and get your payment released with immediate effect.
Kindly send your reply and forward your full details to him on his

{1}. Your Full Name:
{2}. Your Home Address, City and Country:
{3}. Your Private Cell:
{4}. Occupation

Preferred choice of receiving payment
(A) Certified Bank Draft:
(B) ATM Card:

Mr. Tony Adams

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