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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. ALEX IKEM" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2012 23:57:54 +0530
Subject: Your Certified bank Draft A Token Of My Appreciation

My Dear Good Friend,
I am using this means to inform you that i have left a bank draft of 1.5 million dollars with my secretary for delivery to you for the effort you made during our unfinushed transfer, please open the attachement for complete details and contact Mark Edward with below information.

Name: MR. Mark Edward
Tel: +2347080230454

Your Sincerely.
Alex Ike

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