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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: "Dennis Jefferson"<>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:18:55 -0700
Subject: Re.

I write to you in good faith, I'm Dennis Jefferson,am 59-years-old widower.=
I got your details after an extensive on-line search, I wish to seek your =
honest hand to distribute my funds to promote charity work on my behalf the=
sum of (=A38 Million Pounds). Following my ill health, I have just been in=
formed by my doctor that I only have few months to live due to cancer illne=
ss. Please reply me for more details on this noble project of mine

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