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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: Charles Anthony <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 15:12:14 +0000
Subject: My dear friend

My dear friend,

How are you today? I understand you may not remember me again, I’m
Barr. Charles Anthony I contacted you previously about a business
transaction, don't know if you will remember. Actually, you agreed to
help me then but later opted out. Well I was able to successfully
transfer the funds to another business partner that helped me. At the
same time, I want to use this opportunity to say that I did not forget
your past effort and attempts to assist me then, now I'm happy to
inform you that i have succeeded in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Maryland United States.

I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $100,000 ( hundred
thousand) dollars for all your efforts and attempt to help me then.
Now Contact my personal secretary Mrs. Elizabeth Williams and ask her
to send you the sum of ($100,000 Dollars) which I left with her for
your compensation for your past effort and attempt to help me then.
The US$100,000 was loaded inside ATM VISA CARD as I instructed my
banker before given it to my secretary for the security and safety of
the money. Kindly take note that once you receive the ATM VISA CARD
you will be able to withdraw the money in any ATM machine in your

Contact my secretary immediately and resend your correct address to
her and direct her on how she will send your ATM VISA CARD to you. Her
contact as stated below

NAME: Mrs. Elizabeth Williams


Tel: +22870044685

Charles Anthony

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