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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: "ddd54363@terra.es" <ddd54363@terra.es>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2009 22:50:22 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: BONAFIDE BENEFICIARY OF:5.5 MILLION DOLLLARS


ATTEN;
It was Resolved and Agreed Upon Today By the Board Members And Directors That your fund valued at $5.5Millon Will be Released To You On A Special Method Payment.via key telex transfer (KTT) -direct wire transfer,to your bank account,You are to Send (1) Your full name and mailing address.(2) Telephone, and mobile(3) Occupation:(4) Age: to claim your fund
Thank you
Yours faithfully
DR SMITH WILLIAMS





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