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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: "Dr.John Davis" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 18:24:15 +0100
Subject: Hello, Good Day!


Good Day My Friend,

I deposited this funds to appreciate your past effort with a sum of $700,000.00,
but it was so unfortunate and disappointing to me that,I have not yet received
any response from you, since I sent the first message to you last month.

Well,I have deposited the total sum of( $700.000,USD) Seven Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars Compensation Bank Draft
Check with Ecobank Plc, I am in Switzerland right now to establish
some business and possibly buy some properties also.

I thank you for your past effort and kind of assistance
during the transfer of the sum of $120, Million US dollars belonging to
my late parents which has been transferred into an account provided by
a newly found business partner of mine from Sweden. I wish to
compensate you for your past assistance, effort and commitments that
time to help me out, no matter how the transaction failed us.

Contact Mr.Joseph Ozeh,
The Ecobank Manager.

I left every instruction with Him to assist you Open online banking
transfer and wire the $700,000 fund to you as soon as you contact
the Bank Manager,so make sure you re-confirm to them your:

(1) Full names..............
(2) Your home /Current address.......
(3) Telephone………..

The Above info will enable him to recognize you.

Thanks,Remain blessed.
Dr.John Davis

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