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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. Dagogo Jack" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 22:07:27 -0800
Subject: Re:Goodday

Dear Friend,
I got your contact during my search for a reliable; trust worthy and honest person to introduce this transfer.I am Mr. Dagogo Jack, working with Barclays Bank (Ghana) Ltd. and I wish to solicit for your assistance to transfer the sum of $6.5 Million Dollars to you for our mutual benefit. Be informed there is no risk in this as all the paper work will be done by my attorney. You can call me on my line: +233-263930236
Yours sincerely
Mr. Dagogo Jack.

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