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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: Jameson White <>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2021 22:51:04 +0100
Subject: Attention:Beneficiary

I am Mr Jameson White from the international monetary funds (Imf)
and I'm here to inform you that I received your Fund Consignment Box
worth $50,000.00 million USD. Eight million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars in my office as it could be delivered your home address
or through bank transaction
before two young men by name WILLIAM HUGES and JOHN CAMEL came with a
sad news of your death they also claim to be your relatives As they
make enquiry to claim your Fund as it is their rightful inheritance
they told us that you gave them the permissions at the hospital bed to
claim your money before you die we couldn't hand over your money to
them until we find out that you are dead and if they are truly your
sons please reconfirm with your information if you are still alive and
if you know these two men

YOUR FULL NAME...............
YOUR HOME ADDRESS ...............
YOUR VALID ID CARD ..............

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