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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: JOHN TONY <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2011 09:16:24 -0800 (PST)

I am Mr. John Tony, General manager to the Finance, security & Sec.Services . this note was taken in my office where i was serving verification documents to the White men Mr Peter Brown and Mr john Ojiso who stormed my office in company of Mr. Mark and Dan (on white African attire).

The black man claimed to be your representative and the supervisory

Engineer that supervised and Lasso security, company & Sec. Services(OUR COMPANY) because of their inability to have paid it at the agreed time.They said that you were dead and before your death, you appointed them as

the next of kin.

Please study the attached photograph and respond to me urgently for your

comments which will be highly appreciated.Contact me on this


Mr. John Tony,

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