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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. DAVID WILSON." <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:51:59 +0100

Dear friend.

Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to
My tight schedules. I'm very happy to informed you about my success in
Getting that funds money. under the co-operation with the NNPC
partnership here in the United States. But Presently I'm in London
with the partners for some new projects. And Take note this Bank Draft Check
is 100% Genuine And legitimate.

Contact my Priest in United States of America, because I have left all
the instruction with him on your behalf. I need you you to community with him
and then send him. your mailing address where to send the $5 Million Dollars
to you. Without any further delay for your compensation Payment.

Remember that the ($5,000,000,00) is in draft, not cash, so you need to
send to him you’re full Information where the draft/check will be
posted/delivered. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so
feel free to get in touched with him. By the time I was leaving
United States of America. He was the only one I could trust with that kind
of money, he is a very simple and understanding person. his name is
Rev Father Dr. Ugorji Email. (

Note: This is the information you are required to send to the Rev Father:

1. Full Name:----------------------------------------------
2. Address:--------------------------------------------------
3. Nationality:---------------------------------------------
4. Age: Date of Birth:----------------------------------
5. Occupation:---------------------------------------------
6. Phone: Mobile:----------------------------------------
7. State of Origin:----------------------------------------

So feel free to get in touch with him and discuss with him how the
Amount> will reach you. Please do let me know immediately you contact
him to receive it, so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that

At this moment, I am very busy here. because of the projects which I
and the new partner had at hand. Finally, remember to forward all your
information the priest on your behalf. So that you can receive your money, so
you get in touch with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

You are hereby advise to get in touch with him. Here is his email address
again: ( as soon as possible.

Thank you so much. and have a nice day.

Yours Faithfully.


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