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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: "Mr. Nicolelalas Story" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 14:29:42 +0200
Subject: Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Good day

Hope this email get to you in good state of mind, this is to notify you that we have gratefully transfer your funds which was in an ATM CARD into an ONLINE BANKING for security reasons and for fast transfer of your funds into your account to enable you get access to withdraw once you transfer it from your online account into your current account.

all you have to do is to open the below bank site and fill the form.

Bank site :

do keep me updated once you fill the information, so i can call the bank and tell them about it.

Also note that delay is very dangerous and you should treat this message as urgent as you can today because the year is coming to an end and we want you to receive your funds in our bank through this method

Best Regards

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