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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: David Jdavid <>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 09:57:09 +0000
Subject: Hello

Hello Dear
I am David the only son of late Mr.James Williams, I am writing you from
where I have been taking refuge after the brutal war and Murder of my
parents by the rebels during the war.Before the death of my father, he
disclose to me about US9.5 Million Dollars deposited in one of the bank for
investment but unfortunately he could not succeeded in the war. I want to
invest this money in your country, also you will be taking care of the
investment until I finish my school.
please reply for more details .
thank you,

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