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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: "Nuel Mark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 23:35:47 -0700
Subject: I wait for your response if it might interest you

Hi friend,

Hope this meet you in a healthy condition!

Am so grateful to have contacted you and I hope our communication on here would be something of great value. I am Nuel Mark, I work with United Nations Peace Keeping Team and I am the head of humanitarian duties. I would like us to have a business discussion if you don't mind. Actually am looking forward to establish good business relationship in any good country abroad and I would like to share the idea with you if you are interested in knowing more of it.

Well, my friend... What am truly needing is someone who's reliable, honest and trustworthy to partner with. But I would want you to assure me of your trust before anything can take place and it's very confidential, it's going to be a secret between both of us. Though I have a huge fortune amount worth of $15.5M deposited in a security house in affiliation with a bank that I want us to use for investment purpose. And I will be needing your assistant to help receive the funds in your country for investment purpose... All I need is your honesty, trust and commitment.

I wait for your response if it might interest you. Kindly reply to

Best regards,
Nuel Mark.

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