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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: Dr Usman Shamshudeen <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2011 22:32:11 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Attn: The Beneficiary of $25 Million USD


Attn: The Beneficiary of $25 Million USD

The Long Awaited Payment of $25 Million USD was credited to An ATM Card MasterCard for you, is now ready for immediate release. You are advice now to Re-confirm, Your Names: Address: Cell Phone: Phone Number: Fax : Amount: Immediately you get this message and call me : +234-802-298-9778 immediately for payment

Dr Usman Shamshudeen

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