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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: "Mrs Nancy Honeywell" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Nov 2013 21:39:59 +0800 (CST)

Dear Email Owner,

My husband Dave and I Nancy Honeywell earned $ 217 million from Powerball
jackpot and promise to help 10 lucky people from diferrent region.verify


Your name and email emerged as one of our beneficary to receive the sum of
£á 2,500,000 to help develop a project that can improve the standard of
living for the less privileged in your region.kindly contact our attorney
to approve your
payment.His name is Mr Alex Seaman of Seaman & His email is

Best of luck,
Mrs Nancy Honeywell Charity

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