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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 Andrew Jones" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2021 05:39:17 -0800
Subject: my subject

Hello Dear,

I am a financial consultant based in London and represent a top late business-man who has huge investment in Europe. Unfortunately, my client died of Covid-19 along with her wife in Italy in April 2020 and his bank have just inform me of USD$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) left behind by my late client that shares the same last name with you.

Kindly get back to me for more details and information via this email ( )


Mr.Andrew Jones.

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