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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: "Mr.Bhavan Gbegbetiele" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 13:32:19 +0530

Dear Friend,
I need your assistance to transfer a large amount of money from my bank, I will be giving you full details about this transaction in my next email,The total amount involved is 15.5 Million Great British Pounds and it is 100% legal money. If interested send me a reply for more details, We will be sharing the amount on a ratio of 60:40.
Awaiting to hear from you.
Please reply to my personal email:
Mr.Bhavan Gbegbetiele

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