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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 Williams Jack <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:45:20 -0800
Subject: Re: Partnership

Dear Friend.

My Name is James Williams Jack, i am a Military Soldier on a peace
keeping mission here in Syria. I seek your partnership in cash
delivery of $7, 500,000.00 US Dollars (Seven
Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) This money must be
moved out of this
country for safe keeping, I will give you more information upon your
response to this proposal, please email me so I can explain in

Please forward your response via;

Best Regards,
SGT James Williams Jack

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