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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: Wed, 1 Dec 2021 14:22:38 +0000
Subject: Donation Fund From Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

Greetings my dearest, How are you doing and your family,
My name is Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon a sick widow writing from hospital sick
bed because i have no child. I have a donation fund of ($2,800,000.00
USD) million dollars that i want to donate through you to help the
orphans, widows and for the charity home.

Please get back to me immediately after you reading this message for
more details regarding this fund.
For i will appreciate your honesty and courage in these donation

God bless you
Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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