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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:

Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2023 17:48:01 -0800
Subject: Payment Notification

Attention Beneficiary,

I am writing this email to bring to your notice that finally your
funds has been deposited with OCEANIC BANK and it was converted into
cash with the agreement thatyou will be receiving $5,000.00 daily via
MONEY GRAM TRANSFER until the complete sum 2.5million USD is transfer
complete, since this will be the safe and best way to handle this
transaction for security reasons. I took this decision because of the
so many restrictions from the security Agents while trying to send the
cash to you through courier service. So all you have to do now is to
contact them on this below information and they will carry out the
transfer accordingly.

Note: I have paid for the registration fee which cost me $300, And all
the back up certificates has been obtained except for the insurance
paper which will cost you a little money in advance due to the
instructions from the (FHC) Federal High Court.


Name: Dr. David Glover
Email: (
Phone: +229 97674044

And do not forget to contact them with your personal information such as,

Full name:........
Current address:...
Telephone number:...

Contact them and let me know when you started receiving your payment.

Best Regards,
Mr. Ray Mathins

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