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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: Owen Smith <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2022 08:37:56 +0000

My Dear,
I am happy to inform you of my success in obtaining these funds,
transferred through a new California collaboration partner in
USA. I'm still at the hospital but don't worry about me
because I'm getting better everyday I'm happy to be alive again
However, I don't forgot your past efforts and attempts to help me
translate these
funds, despite the fact that it is not for us, So feel free and
contact my secretary in Lome Togo, his name is Mr. Owen Smith Email:
( ask him to send you the some of
$300.000.00 which I kept for your compensation for
all past efforts and attempts to help me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and
get in touched by Mr. Owen and instruct him where to send you ATM CARD
of the total sum ($300,000.00)

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