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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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Fraud email example:

From: BROWNLEE <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2005 02:37:50 -0600

I am Mr.Brown Lee,managinig director of HUAMAO ARTS AND CRAFTS
we are a group of business men who deal on Art and Craft and export
into the Canada/America and Europe.
We are searching for representatives who can help us establish a
medium of getting to our customers in the Canada/America and Europe
as well as making payments through you to us.Please if you are
interested in transacting business with us, we will be very glad.
Please contact us for more information.
Subject to your satisfaction you will be given the opportunity to
negotiate your mode of which we will pay you for your services as our
representative in Canada/America and Europe Please if you are
interested forward to us your phone number/fax and your full contact

Thanks In advance
Managing Director,
Mr.Brown Lee.

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