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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: "MRS. LEONA COLEMAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 13:50:34 +0200

Kind Attn:

Sorry If My Mail To You Is unexpected But I Only Thought Of Doing You a Huge Favor After I Was Given same.My Name Is Carol Coleman and i live in 2538 HACKBERRY ST APT# 202 CINCINNATI OHIO 45206 U.S.A.

I Have Been Through A Lot On Scams As A Victim But On This Day A Friend Connected Me To The Real ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC)DEPARTMENT Under The Operation Of MR. IBRAHIM LARMODE As The Chairman Of The Department And I Got My Card Withen 72hrs After Contacting Him And I Only Paid For The Delivery Charges Which Was Only USd$150 And Today,I Am A Proud Beneficiary Of usd2.5 Million Dollars Which Was Released To Me By His Administration.

I Will Advice That You Contact Him And Also Make Your Complains If You Are A Victim Of Such So As For You To Get Compensated.I Am A Living Witness And That Is The Reason Why I Have Contacted You Too To Also Be A Beneficiary Of This Great Open Door.His Contact Is As Follows:

Name:Mr. Ibrahim Larmode
Mobile Number:+234 808 190 520 0

I Will Advice That You Get In Contact With Him With The Requested Info Below So As For You To Be A Beneficiary As Well ASAP.

1....Full Name:.....
2....Contact Address:....
3....Direct Mobile:.......
4....Any Form Of Identification:.....

Mrs.Carol Coleman.

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