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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: Engineer Uematsu Kunio <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2011 10:12:01 +0100 (BST)

Dear beloved,

My name is Engineer Uematsu Kunio from Osaka Japan now at Hospital. i got sick after losing my family in Japan Earthquake. i was working with Government of Ghana before the tragedy occurred, before i was hospitalized here i deposited a Consignment Box with a Security Company in Accra Ghana which i want them to ship out to your Country.i want you to be my foreign beneficiary in this transaction.

The Content of the Consignment Box is the sum of $2.800.000.00 i made this money after my contract with the Government of the Country.i will like to invest this fund with you in your Country. please reply back so that i can contact the Security Company for the shipment of the Box to your care,

Best regards
Engineer Uematsu Kunio

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