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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: "roland henry" <roldhen_a_roland@hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 12:58:40 +0000
Subject: INFORMATION

NDDC SECRETARIAT COMPLEX
112 HARRISON'S DRIVE
PORTHARCOURT
NIGERIA.
WEST AFRICA
31/05/05


DEAR SIR,

RE:INVESTABLE PROJECT/ESTATE
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On behalf of a widow's friend(a 43-year old mother with a son) I may wish to
engage your service in the transfer and management of her late husband's
deposit fund for any profitable investment/estate in your country.If this
proposal is acceptable to you, please get back to me, so that we can work
out a remuneration for your participation in the transaction,and also let
you know on how we hope to acheive this objective.Please you can kindly send
your personal data information and phone numbers for further details.

Yours Faithfully,
Henry.A.Roland

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