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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: (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2010 16:31:19 -0700
Subject: From Ms Juan Dyke, Wants You to See This Page on

>From Ms Juan Dyke, has sent you a page from

Note from From Ms Juan Dyke,:
>From Ms Juan Dyke,
I'm account manager with one of the commercial bank in Cote D'ivoire I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.On June 2004,An oil consultant contractor with the ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE National Petroleum Corporation, Mr.MOHAMED KHAN,made a numbered time fixed deposited for twelve calendar valued at($10M) in my branch.

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. finally we discovered from his contact employers COTE D'IVOIRE National Petroleum Corporation that Mr.MOHAMED KHAN,was involved in air crash along with his family.You can confirm from the website below, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.MOHAMED KHAN, so that the fruits of this old mans labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.if you are interested reply immediately
Ms Juan Dyke

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