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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: David Jackson <>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2023 11:23:57 -0700

Attorney David Jackson D-Jackson
Chambers 401 Bayonet Street Suite 102 New London,
CT 06320 United Kingdom TEL: + 44-7035925020


This fund belongs to my client, ( A Political Asylum -seeker in the
United Kingdom) He wants to invest the fund in abroad under qualified
foreign partnership. The fund has no such illegalities like drug
trafficking, money
laundering or any financial crime attached to it.
The fund is bank certified and guaranteed thus clear for investment
purposes.If you are interested and have good idea, feel free to
contact me for more details.

Yours Sincerely,
David Jackson.

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