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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: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 00:49:44 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From :Mr.Alex King,

Western Golden bank.
Abidjan,Cote D'I Voire .

Dear sir,

permit me to introduce my good self.My
name is Alex King.I work with the Western Golden Bank. Abidjan,
Cote D' I Voire as an accountant Foreign operation
department. In the discharge of my duty, I stumbled on
this domiciliary account that has remained dormant
for three years now with fifteen million dollars ($15m)in it.

I contacted my director and we sent out staff for
enquiries and discovered that the account holder died
in auto-crash with the next of kin.I am writing you
so that we can work with you to remit the money
into your account as the next of kin.

It is simple process which will take a short while to
process. outside this, the bank management will
confiscate the money.If I hear from
you,I will tell you all you need to Know about the money.
Mr.Alex King

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