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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: "Dr. James Clair Fox" <>
Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 18:41:14 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: GOOD NEWS

We have finally arranged to transfer your $4,500,000.00 USD through
UPS company. We were able to accomplish this through the help of Mr.
Gabriel Bello of federal high court of justice and every necessary
arrangement has been made successfully with the UPS delivery company
Hon. Raymond Hillary.Contact the director with your delivery
information, your phone number, address, city,and your receiver's name.
Contact the director on :+229-98277105

Kind Regards
Dr. James Clair Fox.

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