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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Consular Office." <>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2013 03:02:21 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your $2.5Million overdue prize award!!!

Dear Friend,

Your $2.5Million overdue prize award contractual-inheritance funds has been approved for payment to you in cash, to avoid any more problem since you were disappointed in the past. We had boxed the monies and deposited it three days ago to DHL Int’l delivery agent to deliver it to you, and he has arrived in Madrid Spain yesterday. Now reconfirm your cell-phone number and home address so that he will deliver the boxed to you.

This is his contact details:Name Mr. John Harrison Email:(


Dr. Luis Donald.

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