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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. Larry" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 04:13:51 -0800

Dearest Beloved,
   I am Mr. Larry, i got your name and contact from your country"s chamber regarding to the inheritance fund, WILLED to you by Late Dr. Johnson who died of Heart Failure in 2004.
I am here to notify you that the governing council of our Bank have put up a notice for immediate payment of this funds, and as such you are entitled to your late relative fund which have accrued up to US$15.4 Million over years deposited with our branch.
On receipt of your response with your full details I will properly guide you on the procedure we will embark on to facilitate the easy release of this funds for our mutual benefit.
Respond to my private email:
Remain blessed.
Mr. Larry
(Account adviser).

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