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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: James Stocklas <>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2017 08:23:55 +0100
Subject: Re:

My Name is James Stocklas (Senior District Judge ), the winner of the
Powerball jackpot of US$291,400,000 in the March 02, 2016, My jackpot
was a gift from God to me hence my Entire family has AGREED to do this.
I am going to be donating US$500,000.00 to you. Contact us via my email
for further / full details and please accept this token as a gift from
me and my family. Email me urgently for more information. email:

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Best Regards,
James Stocklas

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