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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: Sun, 4 Apr 2021 00:20:16 +0100
Subject: Fund donation from Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

How are you doing beloved?
Please I want to donate a fund of $2.800,000 Million US Dollars to you for
charity and orphanage home.
I am Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon writing to you from the hospital sick bed, I am
diagnosed with blood cancer for a long time because my health is bad and I
am afraid i might lose this fund to the wicked people if I die and I need
your help.

Your honesty to handle this fund to help the charity homes and widows is
needed for more details about this fund, please your urgent response is

Regards from,
Mrs. Evelyn Jaxon

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