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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: "Mr. George" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 07:08:25 +0300 (EEST)
Subject: US$83.5M

Dear Sir,
I write to seek for your assistant to move through your help a total sum
US$83.5M from a private security company to your bank account for our both
mutual benefit. This transaction is legal and 100% risk free.
I wait for your reply to send full detail to you. Also send me direct
phone number to contact you.
Mr. Georg
Tel / Fax: +27 865 385 504
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