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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: "puns andur" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 15:29:24 +0200
Subject: Send to You From Mr Paul Andie

I am Mr Paul Andie,we are a group of business men who deal on Gold and Diamond.
We are searching for a representatives who can bay as in make ting business a Gold well as making payments through you to us. If you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.
.For more information please contact us via email <>
Mr Paul Andie

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