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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: "Mrs. Sandas William" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 02:19:04 -0400

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND ENGLAND , UK. NOTIFICATION OF FUND RECOVERY This is to officially inform you that during our Investigation with the help of American Financial Regulatory Agency [AFRA] and our other sister Intelligence Monitoring Network System we discovered an outstanding fund of 4.5 Million dollars belonging to one Mr. Andreas Schranner.We found out that this fund was placed in a suspense account. We made contact with the last contact address of Mr. Andreas Schranner- a German property magnate and found out that he died along with his wife and daughter in the AF4590 plane crash . PLEASE VISIT THIS SITE BELOW AND SEE THE DETAILS OF THE PLANE CRASH, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to late Mr. Andreas Schranner- the German property magnate, owner of the funds.I am contacting you to help me get the fund transferred to your country, so that we can share the fund. There will be no problem from your side if you accept to receive this fund, as we shall share the money 50/50 when transferred to your account. You can contact me for further information . Reply ONLY to Yours sincerely, Mrs.Sandas William Head Monitoring Unit IMF

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