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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Frank Miller" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2009 00:47:44 +0100
Subject: Regarding your family

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Frank Miller,the credit manager of SNS Fiduciary in the NETHERLANDS.

There is an account belonging to the Late Family Member,which i will want to discuss with you about and it has some form of relationship with you going by the similarity in the name.

I am at the moment in the UK undergoing a Financial Engineering course please email me in respect to this. You can give me your personal phone number so that i can give you a call,ITS URGENT.

Frank Miller.

Direct line: +44 703 599 5645
Cell: .......+44 703 599 5333
Office:..... +44 700 593 8518
Fax: ...... +44 700 593 8610

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