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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:

Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 01:37:12 -0800
Subject: My dear friend,

My dear friend,

How are you doing, hope all is well with you?

You may not understand why this mail came to you, but if you do not remember
me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding a
The multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using
this opportunity to inform you that the Multi-Million-Dollar business has
been concluded with the assistance of another partner from the United Kingdom
The U.K financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great efforts in our unfinished transfer of funds into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to my new
partner's account that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage, and trustworthiness, you showed during
the course of the transaction. I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of USD 5,000,000.00 I have left a certified
bank draft for you worth USD5,000,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world,
Five Million United States Dollars Only.

My dear friend, I will like you to contact my Account Officer with Heritage
bank at her direct email address at: ( for the
collection of the bank draft I left for you, his names are CARMAN LAJCAK.
I authorized her to release the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact her
regarding it. At the moment, I'm away, very busy with my partner
because of the investment project which I and my new partner are having at
hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this
is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with LAJCAK's directive so that
your money can reach you without delay.

Fill below info when contacting her;
1. Your name--
2. Your address -
3. Your telephone-
4. Age --
5. Sex-
6. Your occupation -

Note his contact again below:

Yours sincerely,

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