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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: fred ibe <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 22:18:56 +0200
Subject: PICK UP YOUR MONEY PLEASE CALL +229-99619215

Good Day!
Your winning Price of Eight hundred and fifty thuosand usd.($850,000USD)has
been forwarded to Western Union for immediate transfer to you as soon as
meet up with the demands of the transfer charge of $105. Contact:Mr Mark
Tel: +229-99571490 Email: ( )
Send them your correct contact information such as Your name,Your phone
Your country.NOTE; This payment was directed to be made available in your contact them now as soon as possble.
Yours in Service,

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