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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. Lily Safra." <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2018 12:45:14 -0400
Subject: Re

My Dearest,

If this message intrude into your privacy or cause you any inconvenience,
I sincerely apologize as that's not the intended purpose. I am Mrs. Lily
Safra, Chairperson of The Edmond J. Safra Foundation. I have a
confidential project that I would like to share with you in your country.
Kindly come back to me in reply on my e-mail address below, if you will
allow me trust you as my proposed humanitarian project manager.


God bless you.

Mrs. Lily Safra.

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