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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: "Foreign operations Dept" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 04:42:20 -0700
Subject: Payment Notification.

Financial control Services,
Our Ref: 7308/PKH


This is to inform you that we have the clearance from the management to release the sum of US$5.3M of inheritance funds through this office, Following the clearance with IMF in your favour, we want you to confirm if you want your Payment through in any of the following mode of Payment,
(A) ATM CARD payment system,(B) by Bank Draft Payment system (C) Cash Payment (D) by Swift Wire Transfer system.

Reply me through any of this email

Thanks from Foreign Payment Dept.
Mr. Forbes R. Berg
Foreign 0perations Dept.
Financial Services Fund Control.
Tel +44-705-343-9980
Tel +44 701-112-0288

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