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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. Bruno" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2019 14:25:41 +0100
Subject: compensation for your past effort

My Good friend,

Please accept this token offer from me as a compensation for your past effort as i did still succeeded in getting those funds transferred with the cooperation of a new partner from South Korea, I want you to contact my secretary on the information below as i did not forget your past effort and attempt at that time despite that you failed to conclude the transaction with me due to little misunderstandings.

So feel free to contact my secretary Mr.Lewis Mark to send you the Certified Cashier's Check I issued in your name some few days ago in the sum of ($200,000.00) which I kept for you as compensation for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in the past transaction and give him the direction on where you want him to dispatch the Certified Cashier's Check to you safely and you should take care of the courier charges fees yourself since you could not conclude the transaction with me, i will not take care of the charges fees from my pocket.

Please let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time, at the moment, I'm very busy here with my new partner regarding the Investment project here in South Korea.

Name; Mr.Lewis Mark


Dr. Bruno.

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