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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,Robin Heller" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 10:31:50 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: First payment of $6000.00 was sent today

Attention My Dear Friend

This is to inform you that this office was instructed to pay your fund $4.5Million U.S.A Dollars by America security leading team and America representative embassy between now until end of Nov 2011 per day you will receive the sum of $6,000 Dollars,
And send them 85.00 immediately for transfer charge immediately before pick up this first paypayment of $6,000.00 USD right now However be informed that we have send the sum of $6,000 Dollars this morning to avoid cancellation of your payment you have only four hours to call this office upon the receipt of this email the maximum amount you will be receiving per day starting from today is $6,000 in three different payments and the Money Transfer Control Number of today is below. Once again be advice to reconfirm your address such as and collect information from them now to send the $85.00 immediately and pick up your first payment of $6000.00.
Furthermore you advised to call us as the instruction was passed that within 10 hours without hearing from you. Count your payment cancelled. Number to call is below listed Manager Director Office Mr.Richard Larry , of release order: +229 9399 5027 .E-mail addresses : (  ) 
Thanks and my regards
Mrs,Robin Heller,

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