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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: "Sir. Gary Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 09:34:06 -0800
Subject: Please Accept this Token

My dear friend,

How are you today, i hope you are doing well?

You may not understand why this email message come to you, but if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with the assistance of a new partner from France Paris who financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great efforts to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account or care due to one reason or the other best known to you. I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to my new partner's account in Paris France that was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed during the course of the transaction with you, I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of USD USD800.000.00 I have left a certified Bank draft check for you worth USd800.000.00 (EIGHT Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) which you can cash at your Bank in your Country successfully.

My dear friend, now contact my Account Officer through this email ( for the collection of the Bank Draft i gave him to send to you, his names are: Mr. ANDREW WAYNE, at the moment, i'm very busy with my partner because of the investment project which are having at hand right now. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, also comply with Mr. ANDREW's directives so that your Bank draft can reach you without no delay.

Please Note his contact again below:

Yours sincerely,

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