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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. Stella Osinachi" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2022 16:50:32 +0100
Subject: Your (US$3,700,000,00 Cheque)

Please pay close attention,

Good day! Yes, I want to tell you the real fact and truth about your
unpaid compensation sum of (US$3,700,000,00):. "I am writing this
message to express my surprise and feelings over your silent about
your approved fund", honestly, "I am highly disappointed towards your
inability to apply for the required document that grant you free
access to receive your unpaid compensation fund. OR, have you not been
informed about your Unpaid Fund (US$3,700,000,00)?. Or, Are you not
aware of it??.

Let me make it more clearly to you that our office have gone extra
miles in consultations to get deliver your compensation fund across to
you by a certified Bank Draft Cashier's Check of US$3,700,000,00 as it
appeared in our payment system.

Please, For more information:

Contact Officer In charge: Dr. Godwin A.Freeman on His private E-mail:
on ( )

He will tell you more about the cashier's check as soon as you contact
Him privately on His confidential Email:

Yours faithful,
Mrs. Stella Osinachi Cynthia.

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