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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: "Dr Roy Edwards" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2018 00:55:54 -0000
Subject: Re: Thanks for your understanding

You are receiving this message from Military Medical Doctor on peacekeeping mission in Somalia. I have spent six months here and will be departing in December. I prayed before contacting you believing that you will be trustworthy enough to maintain secret without considering this message as our first conversation. This discussion is of high benefits requiring utmost secrecy because a great achiever is someone with lion heart. Please respond fast for further interesting briefing in respect of this communication. Dr. Roy Edwards

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