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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. Idriss Daouda" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 03:06:29 -0800
Subject: Very Urgent Message,

The International Monetary Funds (IMF) in  conjunction with the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Lagos-Nigeria has founds your email address among the 7 Scam Victims,  listed to be compensated of ($400,000.00 USD) Four Hundred Thousand United State Dollars by $5000.00 daily via Western Union Money Transfer.  Send your below details to Mr. James Nada the (FSA) sectary here: (  ) for an urgent transfer of first batch of your payment now.
Your Full Name
Your Address
Your Phone Number
It is very important for your compensation.
Mr. Idriss Daouda.
Governore Alternate ( I.M.F)
United Kingdom.

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