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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 13:14:49 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Purchase=20order?=


I am mr wample and i am a business man we have a store in nigeria and
we would like to place an order to your store so we want to confirm if you
shipp to our country and next our method of payment we be by credit card
so we want you to get back to us if this are acceptable by you so that we
can choose the product we want from your website so kindly get back to us
intime because your urgent respond is highly needed ASAP.


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