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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: John Fola <>
Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2015 23:30:01 -0200
Subject: Your attention is needed

Dear Friend,

How are you today? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. I
am using this opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our
unfinished transaction and transfer of your international bank draft
cheque to you from the bank, am sorry for presenting and using someone
else in your name to get this transaction successful. Right now, I want
to inform you that I have successfully cleared the bank draft check
funds to someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this
great venture that have been over and successful.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed at
the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of $1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Of America Dollars). I have authorized Mr. Holebar
Edward where I deposited the money with to issue you international
certified bank draft, cash-able cheque at your bank or anywhere as your
choice felt. My dear friend I will like you to contact Mr. Holebar
Edward for the collection of this international certified bank draft.
His name and contact address is as follow;

Name: Mr. Holebar Edward

At the moment, am very busy here in the united kingdom because of the
investment projects which myself and my new partner are having at hand
in London. Finally remember that I have forwarded instructions to Mr.
Holebar Edward on your behalf to send the bank draft check of
$1,500,000.00 to you as soon as you contact him without delay. Please I
will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the
bottom of my heart.

Thanks, God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you soon as
soon as you've received the draft and please do not get angry because
that is what I have for now till I finish my project.

John Fola

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