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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.Linda O. Book." <>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2012 23:35:48 -0400 (CLT)
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am a Diplomat named Mrs.Linda O.Book,I was mandated to deliver your
inheritance funds to you in your country of residence.

The funds total US$8.5 Million and you were made the beneficiary of these
funds by a benefactor whose details will be revealed to you after handing
over the funds to you in accordance with the Agreement which was signed
with the benefactor when he enlisted my assistance in delivering the funds
to you.

I am presently at the airport in your country and before I can deliver the
funds to your doorstep as soon as possible, you have to reconfirm the
following information's so as to ensure that I am dealing with the right

1.Full Name.......
2.Residential Address.......................
3.Age .......
4.Occupation ...............
5.Direct Telephone Numbers............

After verification of the information's with what I have on file, I shall
contact you immediately so that we can make arrangements on the exact time
I will be bringing your package to your residential address. Send the
requested information so that we can proceed.

Awaiting your urgent response.

Kindest Regards,

Mrs.Linda O. Book.

The Newly Diplomatic Agent.

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