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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: "Kimberly Bradly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:55:45 +0100
Subject: Soliciting Your Kind Assistance.

My name is Kimberly Bradly an accountant with FCMB Nig. Plc.The reason am contacting you,is for us to work together in achieving a very legitimate opportunity/prospect that will be of great benefit to us.

Please if you are interested contact me via this email: so i can furnish you with more information regarding the proposal.


Kim Bradly.

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