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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: Bellnet Administrative <>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 11:46:25 -0600
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?Administrative__Instruction=E2=80=A6..!_?=

Dear bell net Subscriber, We are currently carrying-out a mantainace process to your account, to complete this, you must reply to this mail immediately, and enter your User Name here (,,,,,,,,) And Password here (.......) if you are the rightful owner of this account.

This process we help us to fight against spam mails. Failure to summit your password will render your email address in-active from our database.
NOTE: If you have done this before, you may ignore this mail. You will be send a password reset message in next seven (7) working days after undergoing this process for security reasons.

Thank you for using bell net!

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