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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: simon kloc <>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 03:06:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: investment offer reply urgently.

From Simon Kloc
I have a client who wants to invest in your country to the tune of US$20.5M{Twenty Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollar}. My client is an
associate to late Dr.John Garang, the late Vice President of Sudan who was recently died in a helicopter crash.

If you can handle such a huge investment{s}as the death of Dr.John Garang has harged the political atmosphere in Sudan, we would want you to consider my client's sacurity utmost, thereby to avoid anything that will jeopardise or enrisk him in this transaction.Kindly get back to me as soon as possible if you feel capable, so that the details of the business will be revealed to you as we proceed, for example the investment plans, contract agreement, etc. I am waiting for your immediate responds to this if you are willing.
Simon Kloc.

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