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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 mary <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:03:29 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Atten: my dear

dear friend

this is to thank you for your effort. i understand that your hands were
not to worry. i have succeeded and the money has been transferred into the
account provided by a newly found friend of mine in appreciate
your past assistance and commitments i have dropped an automatic teller
machineof $1.7million for you.i am in now in hospital for treatment of
which may led me to die any moment from now

contact: dr james mimiko
telephone: +229 988 488 21

Send to him your full information's your house addres your occupation,
including your personal phone number.

mrs mary robinson

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