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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: "Debt Management International" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 08:49:02 -0400
Subject: Good News

I am Mr. Adrian Dominicus chairman of Foreign payment Department, I have been mandated to inform you about the recent development as in your payment, this morning after our board meeting, your case was mention and we have agreed to pay you Without any further delay so I would require you to desist from any partner Who may have been requesting for your information's.

I would like you to employ transparency and honesty in this regard because aiding and abetting will only keep your payment pending so I will like you to confirm the following to avoid any mistake or wrong Transfer. The total fund is US$10.5 million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars) The Requested Information is to ensure that no mistake or error is made and it should be forwarded In the manner stated below:

Your Full Name: _____

Your Complete Address: _____

Name of City of Residence: _____

Direct Telephone Number: _____

Mobile Number: _____

Fax Number: ______

Regards .

Mr. Adrian Dominicus

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