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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 Jawad." <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 02:08:18 -0800 (PST)

Mr. James Jawad
575 Finchley Road
London NW3 7BJ , U.K

Dear Respected,

I am dropping you this quick note because I did not hear back from you concerning the information I sent you the other day introducing my intent.

I am Mr. James Jawad I have Six million British pounds (6M GBP) for investment purpose, I want you to receive this fund as a next of kin to my late client on my behalf for investment. Please reply me with this Email: { }

I will give you the details when I hear from you.


Mr. James Jawad.

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