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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: "Marcus Andreen & Associates" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:55:19 +0100
Subject: Hope this message get to you!!!

The Barristers' Chambers:
Marcus Andreen & Associates
Address: 33 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4JH, England.
Marcus Andreen & Associates
LONDON - United Kingdom.
  On behalf of the administration and executor of the estate of late Engr. Jochen Kruger once again tries to notify you as my earlier Letter were returned undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach again for the same email address will. I wish to notify you that late Engr. Jochen Kruger made you a beneficiary in your will. He left the sum of thirty million, one hundred thousand dollars ($ 30, 100000.00) to you in the Codicil and last test of their will.
This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true.
Being a well traveled man, he met sometime in the past or implicating him were nominated by one of his numerous friends abroad who wished you are not too sure again. Engr. Jochen Kruger until his death was a member of the helicopter Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and a German baron. He was a Christian who loved very dedicated give alms to the poor, hungry and need. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his lifetime. Engr. Jochen Kruger later died at 30 days of July 2004 at the age 80. His will is now ready for execution after 4 years of thorough research.
According to him, this money is to support its humanitarian and medical activities and to help the poor and needy in our society. Please if I reach you as I hope, I try to return as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no distant time.
I am sincerely sorry if you feel bothered or embarrassed by this message, I'm on my own work. I hope you understand that?
Thank you.
Note: It is recommended to contact my personal email address below:
I await your prompt response and please keep this very discrete and until your transaction is finalized.
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