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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. Richard Samson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2012 03:59:10 -0500
Subject: Good Offer.

Dear Prospective Partner,

The sum of US$23.7million in Cash was concealed in a Two (2) Trunk Boxes and currently in our Vault Room with description content as Family Valuables and Treasures. My private investigations revealed that the Beneficiary of this $23.7million died 6 years ago without leaving any Inheritance Claims Authorization to our Security Company. On this note, I would like to partner with you to claim these funds with a sharing Ratio of 50:50 should this offer interest you. However, there is no legal implication attached on these arrangements. I will send Full Details of this offer upon receipt of your positive response to the above Subject Matter.

Thank you.

Yours Respectfully,

Mr. Richard Samson

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