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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: "Mr. Anthony Robert" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2011 14:29:28 -0800 (PST)

Attention: Sir.

How are you doing today with your family? Well what is holding you in sending the required $50 only that you have been asked to send for immediate releasing of your first payment of $2000, you should go and send the required $50 immediately together with your receiving information such as your full name and address, age and direct phone number, so that we don’t make any mistake in transferring your $2000 that we have already sent to you.

Send the $50 through western union with this below information stated.

Receiver:::::::UZOH  HENRY  
Country:::::::::Benin Republic
Question::::::::HOW LONG?

I am waiting for the $50 now for immediate release of your $2000.


Mr. Anthony Robert
Direct Tele: +229-66316085
Contact Email: (

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