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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: "Mrs. AbigailJohnson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2019 22:26:28 -0800
Subject: Your Fund Donation(04/12/2019)


My name is Abigail Johnson, a philanthropist and the C.E.O/President of Fidelity Investments Inc, commonly referred to as

Fidelity, is a multinational financial services . It is the fourth largest It is the fourth largest asset manager with $2.4 trillion

I believe strongly in giving while living I had one idea that never changed in my mind, that one should use his/her wealth to help people and I have decided to secretly give USD$ 3,000,000.00 Million Dollars to randomly selected individuals worldwide.

On receipt of this message, you should count yourself as one of the lucky individual,as you have been chosen as of the random beneficiaries. Kindly get back to me at your earliest convenience, so that I will personally intimate on you on how to receive the fund

Visit my web page to know more about

Abigail Johnson

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