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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: "Mrs R James" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 09:46:13 +0100
Subject: Hello.

Dearest in Christ

With all Due Respect And Humanity,Let me inform you first of all, I got your email address from a mail Directory anddecided to mail you for a permission to go ahead. I am Mrs.R James from United Kingdom. I am a cancer patient and i am presently in a dying state and i need to pass a very vital information to you before my demise and i can only do that if you reply me giving me the go ahead. I need your help urgently and i await your reply before i can open up.

God bless you.

Mrs Rachael James

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