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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 Norah Jane <>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2020 10:19:28 +0000
Subject: Greetings to you.

Hello ,

It’s my pleasure to finally getting a chance to write you. I would like to be sure that your email is active please respond to me as soon as possible will like to donate for Charity, please hear me out. I’m not sure what the time is now in your location but do have a great day and stay safe.

Best regards

Mrs.Norah Jane

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