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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: "R T." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 23:56:24 +0100
Subject: [***SPAM*** Score/Req: 17.2/10.0] Project Offer From Mrs. Inna Gudavadze

BusinessGreetings , I am Mr. Ramón Titov, a private agent hired by Mrs. Inna Gudavadze, the wife of late Mr. Badri Patarkatsishvili, the Georgian billionaire. We have a business proposal which will be of great benefit to you and her family. I will send you further details once i receive positive response back. Thanks and remain bless. For security reason, i will strongly recommend that you write me through my secured email account: only. Yours truly, Mr. Ramón Titov.

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