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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: "Judge Wallis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 02:29:38 -0800
Subject: Contact My Secretary 113

Dear Friend,
This is Judge Mjd Wallis, I'm very happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Poland.
Presently Iím in Poland for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.
Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in the realization of this endeavor despite the fact that it failed us some along the way.
Now, contact my secretary, his name is Mr. John Marlon and his email address is
( ask him to send you the total $850,000.00 which I kept for you as compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this endeavor.
I did appreciate your efforts as at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with my secretary, John and instruct him where to send the amount to you quickly.
Please, do let me know immediately  when you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffer at that time. As at the moment, I am
very busy here because of the investment projects with my new partner at hand,
Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf. So feel free to get in touch with John and he will send the amount to you.
Thanks, and my greetings to your family and well wishers.
With best regards,
Judge Mjd Wallis

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