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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: "Ahmed Idris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 22:02:00 -0800
Subject: Re: Goodnews

Dear sir,

Good news for you today,

You have been short listed by the Federal Government of the Republic of Nigeria as the beneficiary of the understated amount as valued from your nation internet provider scrutiny. ( USD$10.3 Million ).

This decision was based on the recent development to resolving all scam dispute with other nations after the nations meeting on crime control across the shores.

The payment of 10.3 Million USD has been approved to be paid to you as soon as you provide the following:

1.Your phone n. / mobile.

2.Current contact address.

3.Any valid identification

The above details shall enable your payment process shortly.

Yours Faithfully,

Amed Idris.

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