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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: "Rain Hills" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 19:15:57 -0800

Dear Sir/Madam,
My Name is Mr Rain Hills Staff of United Overseas Bank. I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of $8.5Million Dollars. I will like you to stand as the next of kin to my late client whose account is presently dormant for claims. Please once you are interested in my business proposal.Further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as I get a responce from you.Kindly go through the below link to confirm the genuineness of the deceased death.
His name was Mr Christian Eich, 57, he was an engineer who ran carmaker BMW's museum, his wife and two children and his wife's parents were also among the victims.There is no one to claim the funds so I am giving you this proposal to act as a beneficary/trustee of the funds and I will offer to you 35% of the said funds,

Rain Hills

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