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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: Franka Adams <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 00:37:55 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: greetings: from mrs franka adams

Dear, i like to know more of you so that
i will intrust my hope on you about my late
husband wishes,i am a widow surfring from cancer
of the lungs as i have $9,milion usd left at
the bank by my late husband i will give you
the full dital
Mrs Franka

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