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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: "Hon. John Andraw" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2023 11:15:44 +0100

Good Day My Dear ,

Hope this mail find you in an excellent condition of health, I'm happy to
inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the
co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in Paraguay for
investment projects with my own share of the total sum.

Meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow but I feel you
deserve some respect and compensation, now contact my secretary his name is
Dr. Kevin Done and his email address is ( ) you can
still call him +229-99804403 and ask him to send you the total
$2.900,000.00 USD (Bank Draft Cheque) which I wrote and kept for your
compensation for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in this

I appreciated your efforts at that time very much, so feel free and get in
touch with my secretary Dr. Kevin Done and instruct him where to send the
Bank Draft Check to you because he must have been waiting to hear from you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferings at that time, I’m very busy here in Paraguay
Because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having
at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my Secretary
on your behalf to receive Bank Draft Cheque total $2.900,000.00.USD, so
feel free to get in touch with him and he will send the Bank Draft Cheque
to you without any delay.

With Best Regards,
Mr.John Andraw

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