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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: "Dr. Richard Bruno" <>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:18:17 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary,

Attention Dear Beneficiary,
Please send the diplomat who is stranded at Hartsield-Atlanta Airport your address where to make your delivery. His name is Dr.Fred Ugo bon and he arrived at Hartsield-Atlanta Airport three days ago with your package and he'll need to proceed to your address. Please E-mail him your Phone number and all identities that will help him for smooth delivery.
The bellow is his contact. Don't let him know the content because it contains 1.7 million U.S.A Dollars.

Email (
His phone number (404 462 3471)

AND NOTE THAT you should recomfirm your below address to him such as...

Your full receiver's name...............

Your house delivery address..............

Your phone number...........................

A copy of your id...........................

And your nearest airport.......................

yours in service

Dr. Richard Bruno
+229 99185455

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