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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: "PAUL KADET" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:19:15 +0100
Subject: RE: INQUIRY.

Dearest One,

My name is Paul Kadet from Republic of Cote D`Ivoire.

I am contacting you to be my Partner in investment projects in your country under your management and control with the Sum of US$9,900,000.00 I inherited from my Late Father while I continue my education which stopped due to the death of my father there in your country.

Due to my age, I cannot invest this money by myself because I have no investment experience.

Please send me details about your business and contacts if you are interested and I will send to you a more detailed explanation.

Yours Respectfully,

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