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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:

From: joseph johnson <>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2005 12:53:49 +0100 (CET)
Subject: From Joseph

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which i
intend to establish in your country;Though I have not met with you
before but I believe one has to risk confiding in succeeding
sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of Two million U.S dollars
($2,000,000.00) which my late father kept for us in eco bank
here in lome togo before he was assasinated by
unknown people.

Now I and my sister decided to invest these money in your country
or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political
reasons.We want you to help us claim and retrieve these fund from
the bank and transfer it into your personal
account in your country for investment purposes on profitable

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer
to you 15% Of the total fund.I await your soonest response. E-mail me on:

Respectfully yours,


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