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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 Newman." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 11:59:04 -0800

Attention: Beneficiary,

Based on our investigation of your payment, we want to find out if you're still alive or dead? Did you sign any deed of

assignment with (Mrs. Grace Jackson.) to receive your fund, Reply to us with information below:

Your Full Names:
Your Home And Office Address:
Your Home/Office Phone And Cell Mobile phone:
Your Occupation/ Company Name And Address:
Your Age/Sex:
The Nearest Airport to Your Country A Copy Of Your Identity:

Your Bank Coordinates - (Required Information)

Bank name:
Bank address:
Routing Number:
Account Number:
Swift Code:
Account Name:
Account Signatory:
Beneficiary Name:
Beneficiary Address:
City; State & Country:
Postal Code:
Passport : No.
Country of Origin:

This is because $5.6 Million has been approved in your favor for payment so get the above information to us fast and

unfailingly today or your fund will be released to Mrs. Grace Jackson.

Call me as soon as you receive this email +2348033880365

Best Regards,

Mr. David Newman.
Chairman, Investigation And Debt Settlement Committee

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