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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: "Isah Tanko" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 07:20:38 -0500

Dear friend,

Iam Mr.Isah Tanko a banker with Fidelity Bank Plc, and an account officer to late Mr.PHILIP SANDHOFF an Importer of Textiles and Automobiles for the past Thirteen years, who later died in a plane crash,For further details of the Plane Crash,Please Visit for Further investigations.
I want to work together with you to transfer to your country the money he left in our bank valued US$500,000.00.
If you are interested, send your following informations to me:

1. Your names in full:

2. Your House/Office address:

3. Your working mobile phone number/house phone:

4. Your occupation and age:

Reply through any of my emails: for full/more details.

Isah Tanko
Fidelity Bank Plc

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