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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: "Mr.James Morgan" <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2023 22:23:07 -0700
Subject: Dear Customer,

Dear Customer,

i don't know the reason why you refuse to receive your fund payment of
$7.5m that has been approve to be pay to you that someone from Arizona
called jennet white come and be claiming sending bank info where the
fund will be credited saying that she is your sister that you sent her
to claim the fund on your behalf so let me hear from you if you send
anybody to represent you

Thank you

From payment remittance department


Mr.James Morgan

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