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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 Don Lrwin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 15:36:49 +0100
Subject: Compensation Payment $10,700,000.00 USD, (702) 758-8239) Contact Us For More Details

After several attempts to reach you on phone, I deemed it necessary and urgent to contact you via your e-mail address and to notify you finally about your outstanding compensation payment $10,700,000.00 USD deposited in our bank.

Please contact Mr. Don Irwin the Managing Director of Chase bank connecticut branch with your name, resident address and your direct telephone number for the transfer of your payment to you accordingly

Name: Mr. Don Irwin
Phone Number: (702) 758-8239
Private Email:

You are therefore advised to contact Mr. Don Irwin with your details and hasten him to facilitate the release of your payment to you immediately.

Thanks for your attention

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