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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: "Barr Appiah" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:44:28 -0000
Subject: Re: Urgent

Attn: Please and a good day to you.

I have an important information for the owner of this email but first of all, I want to ensure if this email is still valid, I want you to confirm if this email is correct and is being checked by only you so that I will proceed and let you know what information we have for you.

I am taking this measure in other not to make any mistake because of the sensitivity of the information i have for you.

Awaiting your response,
Barr Vincent Appiah.

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