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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: "Andrew Dey" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 21:18:39 -0500
Subject: Re My Email

Dear Sir,

I hope this proposal meets you in a good state of health.

I need your help to transfer and invest
US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States
Dollars Only) that accumulated as undeclared
profit made by this branch of Santander Bank PLC ,
London under my management,
If we agree on the terms you will be given 35% of the total funds. If you are interested please respond back via email.
Best please indicate your interest by replying
with your contacts.


Andrew Dey

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