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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: "Dave_Nancy"<>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 22:13:05 +0800
Subject: Solemn Proposal

A very good day to you, and your entire family,
we are Dave and Nancy Honeywell, a couple and two beautiful sons
in Fredericksburg, Virginia. We are pleased to inform you of our
winnings of $217 million from the Virginia Lottery and to
congratulate you because I and my wife have decided to give $1.2
million to a maximum number of 10 individuals reading this
messages as a motive of support to help you and your family, We
accurately understand the stumbling changes of most nation global
economic situation since the pandemic (COVID-19). So we are
gladly giving out the sum total of $1.2 million first 10
individuals in the month of September, kindly note that all
processes will be made fast and easy as you will be contacted by
our lawyer once you provide the information required.

kindly provide the following ,. ***Full Name .,***Age., ***Address (city, state, and country) .,***Phone

Best Regards
Dave and Nancy Honeywell.

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