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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 Prince Ajibola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 05:09:57 -0700
Subject: Dear Partner//

Dear Partner,

I have lost your contact and i had to search your name on the internet and i got your email address .I am happy to inform you about my success in getting that inheritance fund under the co-operation of a new partner from China Mr Young Lee. I'm in China with the partner for some projects with the inheritance fund.But i have compensated you for your effort with the sum of $2,550,000.00 US

Your Total share of the money is $2,550,000.00 US. I have left your check with Mrs Peace Abugu. You can contact her immediately.Email Address :

Mail her right now for your check of $2,550,000.00 USd. thank you and God bless you.

Best Regards,

Mr Prince Ajibola

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