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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: "Mr. Donald Jackson" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2020 21:37:26 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: A Businessman.

My name is Mr. Donald Jackson, I work with a private security and deposit firm here in (-----). As an insider in this firm, I am privileged to classified information on clients records. Over the last few years I have been monitoring one particular deposit owned by a businessman who died since 2010 with no details of any next of kin.
I am looking for a trust-worthy foreign partner with whom I can work with and present as next of Kin in order to claim this deposit.
Kindly get back to me if you are interested in this deal so that I can provide you with more information’s on how we can execute this.

Waiting your urgent response

Best Regards
Mr. Donald Jackson

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