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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. David Blake" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 11:01:00 -0800
Subject: Very urgent..

    I got your email through America online database.I am looking for someone that can handle my business errands during his or her spare time.I need your service because I am constantly traveling abroad on business. I own an Art Gallery in the Uk like i said in my first email to you i am currently in china please read carefully and let me know if you will accept my offer.
    1. Receive my mail and  Drop them off at the post office or shipping center.
    2. Pay my bills on my behalf and sit for delivery at home.
    3. Pick up my items at your nearby post office at your convenience.
    4. When you get my mail or package, you would mail all items to where I want them shipped. .All expenses and shipping charges will be covered by me.
    The contents of the packages are mostly art materials and paintings.s. No heavy packages is involved.
    I would love to meet with you to discuss this job in more detail, but I am currently away on business in China. If you decide to accept the position, please read the employment requirements listed below.
    A. You are an honest and trustworthy citizen.
    B. You will be required to work between 15 and 20hrs a month
    C. You need to be able to check your EMAIL 3 to 5 times daily.
    THE PAY IS $250 WEEKLY and you are entitle to a new car after 1month if you are hardworking and honest with me,
    In closing, I have a couple of questions for you.
    First, If I were to mail you money to do my shopping plus an upfront payment for your service, where would you want it mailed to?
    Second, how would you like for your name appear on the money order or check?
    Maybe you can provide me with the following details below
    Full Name:
    Full Address:
    Zip Code:
    Home / Cellphone No:
    Work Status:
David Blake

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