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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: Letter From Felix <>
Date: Sun, 21 Oct 2007 17:40:58 +0000
Subject: Good Day


Am so glad to meet your profile which tells good about you ,
With good heart I seek for your assistance to standby me for a serous need to =
solve .
Ever Since my father was assassinated by unknown people , i never feel =
comfortable here in my country, because the same brother called Alex is very =
very wicked man and trying to claim most of my father value things in my =
country since after my father burial and also pretends as if we are the same =
so that he will kill me with food poison of which when my DAD is alive he =
warn me to be very careful with his brother because he don,t like my father =
progress .
So my dear, i want to explain secret to you and i don,t want any other person =
in my country to hear this even my father brother Alex don,t know about this =
Money in the bank , because if he knows that my father has such amount of =
money deposited outside my country he will kill me and take every control of =
this money,
Now Please I would like you and me to see face to face first so that you will =
trust me and we go together to the bank and we show them every documents with =
me that concern this money which my father deposited in there bank Worth's =
millions of American dollars for his future investments .
i would like you also to view the documents the bank issue to my Dad which is =
with me now and you contact the bank and ask them about this money in there =
position, then you tell them to transfer this money to your country as soon =
as possible that you stand on my behalf and i will soon be with you in your =
country .
When we be together i will tell you many things about my father and may be =
you know him because he travel to many countries outside Africa ,
I wait to hear from you before i send you the documents and you view it , =
every contacts of the bank was in the documents, it's left for you to verify =
the truth and we plan for good investment you know in your country and also i =
will like to finished my education in your country ,
This is why i seek for your good relationship and trust .i will stop here and =
wait to hear from you .
Always write me with this my private email address ( = )
Thanks from Felix

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