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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: "Micheal Grande" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 07:17:13 +0200
Subject: Urgent,

You are hereby advised to contact your officer in charge of your claims sum of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. upon the
receipt of this email, by email or telephone. His name is Mr. SamuelTrotti and his email address is with telephone number +39 3888146161.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to hear from you
Best regards,
Michael Grande

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