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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: Mrs Maria Jonathan <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2023 14:28:11 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary,

Dear Friend.

The first £10,000 was sent today.

My working partner has helped me to send the first £10,000 to you
through western union.

So contact Western union Agent to pick up this £10,000 now:
Contact person:Mr.Richard Brown
Phone Number +229 581 56524
E-mail:( )

Ask him to give you the MTCN, sender name,to pick the £10,000 I
told him to keep sending you £10,000 daily until the payment of
£5.5 Million is completed.

Again forward him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer such as,

Receiver's Name _______________
Address: ________________
Country: _____________
Phone Number: _____________
Occupation _______________
Your Age _______________
Sex _______________
Cope of ID _______________

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete he
will not release your funds of £5.5 Million to you name because he
has to be sure that it is you,


Best Regards.
Mrs Maria Jonathan

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