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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: "BUSINESS" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2012 15:35:58 -0500 (ECT)
Subject: Transaction

Good day
My name is Dr. D Subbaao i am the director of operation in Reserve Bank Of
India.I have an obscured business suggestion for you in the tune of Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($5.500,000.00 USD)
,after the successful transfer Should you be interested please contact me
through my private email ( so we can commence all
arrangements and I will give your more information on how we would handle
this project as soon as i received your reply. Please treat this business
with utmost confidentiality and send me the following if you are
(1)Full names, (2)Private Phone number, (3)Current residential address,
(4)Occupation, (5)Age and Profession.
Kind Regards,
Dr. D Subbaao.

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