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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 Allen Jones" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:33 +0800
Subject: Attn dear ???

Attn dear

At the just concluded 73rd United Nation General Assembly at the UN Headquarters in New York which holds from September 25,

2018 to October 1, 2018, the World Leaders severely frowned at corruption in Africa Continent and President Donald Trump use

the opportunity to categorically inform African Leaders to curb corruption in Africa Continent as a matter of urgency, which

has caused foremost setbacks in Africa Continent and do everything humanly possible to compensate all scammed victims

globally who were ripped-off huge sums of money in their efforts to receive their legitimate payment entitlements by some

unscrupulous elements, fraudsters and some corrupt Government/Central Bank officials with their connived agencies and

partners abroad.

Conversely, preliminary investigation/verification carried out have yielded significant result hence the recipient of this

message have scaled the hurdle and stand 99.9% chance to receive the recommended and approved USD10,000,000 (Ten Million U.S.


We therefore, implore you to urgently contact us on receipt of the message reply me back immediately with your last answer so

I can move on further on the basis of your answer.we are working round to ensure that the USD10,000,000 (Ten Million U.S.

Dollars) compensation fund is released to you in less than ten working days from the date of receipt of your reply. Please


1. Your full name:

2. Your full address:

3. Your working telephone numbers:

Thank you.
Mr Allen Jones

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