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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: "Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2022 01:33:51 +0100

Good day my beloved, How are you doing?
I sent this mail praying it will found you in a good condition of
health, since I myself are in a very critical health condition in
which I sleep every night without knowing if I may be alive to see the
next day.
I am Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon, a widow writing to you from the hospital where
i was admitted for cancer of the blood for a very long time now.
Please beloved, i have a fund that i want to donate to you for the
orphanages, charity and humanitarian work of God. Which i inherited
from my late husband before his death the sum of $2.800,000.00 million

I will appreciate your honesty and courage in these donation as i am
expecting to hear from you soon to give you more details about the
fund. I am waiting for your urgent respond my beloved.

Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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