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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: Office File <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2022 23:40:42 -0800
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

*My Dear Friend,This is to thank you for your effort. I understood that
your hands weretied.But Not to worry. I have succeeded, the money has been
transferredinto the account provided by a newly found friend of mine
inAustralia. To compensate for your past assistance and commitments, Ihave
dropped an International Certified Bank Draft cheque worth of$1,200,000,00
for you.I am in London with my family presently. I do intend to establish
somebusiness concerns here,and possibly buy some properties.Contact
mySecretary in Mr. Daved Mike in his email below (
<>)Forward my mail to him,then ask him to send the
cheque to you.Take good care of your self.*

*Best Regards,*

*Edeziogor Omental*

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