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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: Mr Smith Larry <> (may be fake)
Date: 4 Nov 2005 16:49:37 +0800

Dear Confidant,

I am Mr. larry Smith we are a group of business men who
Deal on raw materials and export into Europe/America.

We are Searching for a representatives who can help
us establish A medium of getting to our clients in
America/Europe as well as making
payments through you to us.

Subject to your Satisfaction you will be given 10% out
of the total sum of every payment made to you from our
If you are interested in transacting business with us,
We will be very
There will be no financial obligation required From
you in this transactin.
Please if you are interested forward to us your
Phone/faxnumber and
your full contact addresses.
I await your urgent response.

Best Regards,
Mr. larry Smith

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