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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: Terje Kristian <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 21:11:37 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Humanitarian Project

Humanitarian Project

Hello dear, my names are Eide Hans Terje Kristian suffering from

Leukemia/Lung Cancer which my doctor has confirmed that days are no

longer at my favor due to condition of my health. Knowing my

situation, I decided to set a humanitarian project through you which I

know that you will not betray the love of God directing me to your

hand. Bear in mind that I took this difficult decision as a human

being because I have no family that could have inherited this funds

(8.4 million Euros). Urgently get back to me with your personal

details including your ID so that I will take it to my bank in other

to introduce you officially to their office to enable my bank

establish a direct comunication with you for the transfer of these

funds to your account. Your delays answering to this message will

create an avenue looking for another hand that will give urgent

attention to this transaction as an assistance to meet my objectives.

Best regards

Eide Hans Terje Kristian

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