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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.Maureen Greaves" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2020 10:04:26 +0200

Hello My Good Friend,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred
to Australia with the cooperation of a new partner from Australia who is an
international businessman. Presently I'm in Australia for investment
projects with my own share of the total sum, Meanwhile, I did not forget
your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds
despite that it failed us some how.

This is to announce to you that i and my new partner is residing in
Australia, as the transfer is completed. On your part, I am COMPENSATING
YOU with the sum of ($1, 200,000.00) ONE MILLION, TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND
DOLLARS for showing concern, Please I want you to accept this as a gift
from my heart I would have sent you this mail earlier but due to how
hurriedly my trip to Australia was, i signed an ATM visa card worth of
$1.200,000.00 on your behalf as I am successful with this transfer.once
you receive the card delivered to you, then you will be withdrawing
$5,000.00 daily bases.

I will like you to contact my secretary, Mr. Michael Duke for the
collection of your ATM visa card, It is my desire to fulfill my dreams in
life and to humanity, therefore get the compensation that came from my true

Contact him through his private email address below. His Name is Mr.
Michael Duke Email: (


Mrs. Maureen Greaves.

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