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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: Ursula Zachary <>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 22:18:12 +0200 (EET)
Subject: Compliments of the Season

Dear Beneficiary,

Before I move further, permit me to give you a little of my biography, I am Mother Ursula Zachary, 72 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Danon Zachary who died after a long illness on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK. Let me know when you recieve ths email so i can forward you the full information.

Yours Faitfully,

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