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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. Michael Dennison." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:08:29 -0000

GOOD NEWS FOR YOUR CONTRACT INHERITANCE LOTTO WINNING FUNDS FROM UNITED NATIONS ORGANIZATION (UNO): This is to notify you that after our meeting today with the United Nations Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon and some top officers from United Nations Representatives, we came to a conclusion that we are going to pay you the sum of US$10 Million for your Contract Inheritance Lotto Winning Funds (CILWF). This fund will come to you through Consignment Box Delivery Process. You are advised to include the following below details to enable you receive your US$10 Million within 24hours: (1). Full Name: (2). Delivery Address: (3). Telephone Number: (4). Occupation: (5). Age: (6). Gender: (7). Driver’s License OR Passport: (8). Nearest Airport Close To You: Your Prompt Response Shall Be Most Appreciated. Regards, Mr. Michael Dennison. Tel: 404 537 8141. (

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