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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: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 03:30:00 -0800

Hello my good friend,

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

You may not understand why this email message came to you, but if you
do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the
past regarding a 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 France who financed the transaction to a
logical conclusion. I thank you for your great efforts to our
unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the
other best known to you. I'm happy to inform you that I have
successfully transferred the total funds to my new partner company's
account in France, that was capable of assisting me in this great
venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness
you showed during the course of the transaction. I want to compensate
you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $350,000.00. I have
left a Certified Bank Draft for you worth $350,000.00 cash-able
anywhere in the world, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
Dollars Only.

Kindly contact my account officer through this email address
( for the collection of your bank draft,
her names are: Mrs. Patricia Dennis, I have authorized her to release
the Bank Draft to you whenever you contact her regarding it. At the
moment, I'm 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 Mrs. Patricia's directive so that
your CHECK can reach you without delay. Note her contact details

Name: Mrs. Patricia Dennis
Email address:

I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to help in receiving
the fund as requested in the past, Now I am rejoicing, so I and my
partner are giving out this to you as donation or compensation, so
that you can rejoice too.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. John Anderson.

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