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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: "JAN KUPECERA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 01:28:45 +0100

Greetings to you.
I am aware that the Internet has become very unsafe, but considering the situation I have no option than to seek for foreign partnership through this medium.
For security reasons I will not disclose my Identity until I am fully
convinced you are the right person for this business deal. I have access to very vital information that can be used to move a huge amount of money to a secured account outside United Kingdom.
We can meet in any of these locations Dubai, Spain, UK, Canada. or South Africa. Full details /modalities will be disclosed on your expression of Interest to partner with me.
I am open for negotiation Importantly the funds to be transferred has
nothing to do with drugs, terrorism or Money laundering.
Thanks for your anticipated corporation
Reply to me to my private email only if your interested.
Mr Jan kupecera.

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