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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: "Mrs. Rose George" <>
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:50:12 +0800
Subject: BANK CHECK.

Hello friend,

Did you receive my last email which i sent to you from Thailand?
Anyway, the message was to inform you that I have successfully moved
the funds to Paris, France. So, I am using this opportunity to thank
you for your great effort, time and concern you showed to help me out,
even though we did not succeed following one reason or the other best
known to you. It was with the help of a french business tycoon who was
capable of assisting me in this great venture through the help of the
diplomatic means.

For your effort, sincerity, and trustworthiness, you showed at the
beginning of the transaction I decide to compensate you and show my
gratitude with the sum of $750,000. I have authorized my new lawyer
who is now also my legal adviser in Thailand to issue you an
International certified bank cashiers check which i signed in your
favor before leaving Thailand for Paris. I will like you to contact
the lawyer for the collection procedure of this international
certified bank check, and below is the contact information's of the

Barr(Mr): Richard Morgan
Bangkok Thailand

At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects
which I and my new partner are having at hand in Paris France.
Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the Lawyer on
your behalf to send the bank Check to you as soon as you contact him
without delay. I'd like you to accept this token with good faith as
this is from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.


Mrs. Rose George

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