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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: "Mr. John Mark." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 Oct 2017 09:21:06 +0300
Subject: I thank you for your past efforts.

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the co-operation of a Business Partner from Bangladesh. Presently I'm there for Business opportunities and investment with my new partner, because he insisted that I have to come and invest in his country.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds to your care for investment opportunities in your country, despite that it failed us somehow.

Now, I want you to contact my Secretary; his name is James Aka and his email address is Contact him to send to you the total sum of $1,200,000, which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and kind words to me. I appreciate all your efforts at that time and therefore decided to compensate you now. Contact James Aka and instruct him on how to send the amount to you. The money is in a certified BANK DRAFT.

I have forwarded instruction to my Secretary James Aka on your behalf in order for you to receive the money, so feel free to get in touch with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Thank you again.

Yours Truly,
Mr. John Mark.

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