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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. Larry Willy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 May 2013 16:42:10 +0100
Subject: 18/05/2013......Unread

I am sorry that i contact you through this means but meanwhile I got your information's through the Online Directories and decided to contact you.

Am the supervisor of a security company and during the monthly supervision i discovered a trunk box Inside the warehouse valued at $14.6 million and this trunk have

been there for seven years as documented and no one has came for the claim up till date.

I investigated and found out it belongs to a national of your country by the named Mr. Ahmed and this man was killed in Syria.

I will like you to get back to me for more details.

Thanks for your Understanding.
Dr. Larry Willy

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