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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: Favour Unisa <>
Date: Sat, 15 Apr 2023 04:18:41 +0000
Subject: Dearest One.

Dearest One.
I am Miss. Favour Unisa. The only daughter to my late parents. and i am 17
years old. Please can I trust you to be my guardian to help me secure my
inheritance fund that my late father kept for me in the BANK before he met
his untimely death? I will be waiting for your reply if you will like to
help me for more details,
Your sincere daughter,
Miss. Favour Unisa.

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