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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: "Mr. Allen Large" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 12:37:01 -0800
Subject: Attention, Chosen One

Attention, Chosen One.

This is a personal email directed to you, Let me formally introduce
myself to you, my name is (Mr. Allen Large). I and my dear wife Violet
A Jackpot Lottery of $11.3 million in July and have voluntarily decided
to donate the sum of $2,000,000.00 USD to you as part of our own charity
project to improve the lives of 5 lucky individuals all over the world. /news/national/violet-large- gave-away-her-lottery-windfall /article2119137/

Your email address was submitted to us by the Google Management Team
and you received this email because we have listed you as one of the
lucky recipients.
Kindly send your detail to my

*Your Full Names:
*Phone Number:
*Home and Office address:

I expect to read from you soonest, to know the best means of sending the
money to your person.

Kind Regards,
Mr/Mrs. Allen Violet Large.
Online Co-Ordinator: Dr Hans Williams.
sms and Call very important:+62 812 1025 9453

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