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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: "Jonathan " <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 03:36:02 -0700

Hello Friend,

How are you and your family today? My name is Prince Jonathan. Egobia,
My family need your assistance to transfer and invest the sum of
USD$45.5 Million dollars( Forty five Million Five Hundred United
States Dollars ).
my late father deposited in a bank here before his sudden death of
covid-19 2021.

We want this funds to transfer and invest in your country through your
assistance and directive.30% of this funds is your commission for
assisting us.

This funds transaction is 100% genuine,Real, legal and free risk.

Please get back to me through this email: , for
more details

Jonathan Egobia,
For the Family.

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