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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: "Mrs. Rieko Fukami Rieko" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 21:57:02 +0100
Subject: Subject: Urgent/Confidential project

Subject: Urgent/Confidential projectFrom Barr. Mrs. Rieko Fukami
Hello Dear, My name is Mrs. Rieko Fukami a Lawyer. I am the personal solicitor to Late Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, a Japan successful business man who died January 26, 1998. I desperately need your assistance to secure and move huge sums of money left behind by my late client to the tune of £15,000, 000.00M (Fifteen Million Great British Pounds Sterling's), these funds was kept in a bank in Cayman Islands which i am ready to give you the bank informations in cayman Islands to contact them. I will pay 30% of the total sum for your cooperation/assistance in this matter. I will give you more details on your positive response, also include in your reply and acknowledgment of this mail your mobile tel. number so that we can discuss in details. Yours Faithfully,Mrs. Rieko Fukami.
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