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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: "Mrs. Rita S" <mrsritasurti111@h>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:45:23 -1200
Subject: GOOD DAY

I am Mrs.Rita Surti. How are you and your lovely family and I am hopping my message meets you successful. I discovered a huge amount of the non-residential account at our bank and am desperately need help to receive this money in your local bank account in your country for any business or investment. If you are able and willing to help to get these funds, I will give more details as soon as I receive your positive response to this opportunity. I want your urgent response to my proposal immediately, so that I can give you full details.
Kindly contact me through my personal email address or my office email address -
Mrs Rita Surti.

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