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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: "Eddy Brown" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 17:39:21 +0000
Subject: From Mr. Eddy Brown

Dear Mr. Wilmar Tromm,
I have been sending you e-mails from my and has been
bossing back to me that is why I have been send mail from this my box too

The telephone number you give is not going though I have try to call you so
that I will make understand why I have writing you from this box okay
Also confirm to if you have received the document send to you yesterday, who
eve that is writing you our side this e-mail an imposter so stop any
communication with him okay.

Who is correct person have contacted KDB as I told you do
Please get back to me.
Have a nice day
Mr Eddy brown

>From: Wilmar Tromm <>
>Subject: Re:From Mr. Eddy Brown
>Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 19:00:27 +0100
>Dear Sir,
>I must apologise but how did you get my email?
>To be honest I am confused. The mail which I got from you sounds a little
>bit related to an affair which is a little confidential. Do you really have
>some details about it?
>Right now here has been a tricky dilemma at my work and quite often I can
>be very forgetful about other affairs so please remind me how did you know
>how to contact me?
>It would be nice if you would please answer? I would wish for something
>kind from you.
>Mr Tromm
>--- Original email ---
>Dear Mr. Wilmar Tromm,
>I am still waiting to hear from you if you have received the documents I
>send to you yesterday.
>Please if have receive the document please try to contact the bank so that
>fund could made available to you.
>Also important you up date me and confirm to if you have receive the
>document I send to you.
>Have a nice day
>Mr. Eddy Brown

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