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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. Evelyn Jaxon" <>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2021 22:51:12 +0000

How are you doing? My good friend,
I'm Evelyn Jaxon, Please i want to donate a fund of $2.800,000 Million
Dollars through your help for charity homes which I inherited from my late
I have been sick with cancer of blood and I am writing to you from the
hospital where I have been receiving my treatment, My health is at risk
about what the doctor informed me and I am afraid I might lose this fund to
the wicked people because I don't have a child to inherit this fund.

I will appreciate your honesty and courage to handle this fund to help the
charity home as I expect your urgent reply for more details about this fund.

Regards From
Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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