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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: "Femi Babalola" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:04:53 -0800

Attn: Owner

I am Femi Samson Babafemi,The Head, Media & Publicity to Economic and Financial Crime Commission E.F.C.C,I have been ask to contact you by Mrs Farida Waziri the Chairman Of The Economic and Financial Crime Commission in Respect of Your Compensation Sum Of $1. Million Dollars to know why you are being Compensated Private Paul Green at by Reconfirming your Name and Address,for more Information.

Femi Samson Babafemi,
The Head, Media & Publicity
Economic and Financial Crime Commission( E.F.C.C )

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