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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Matt Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:14:11 -0500
Subject: Project

I know that you may be asking why you? Because we did not know each
other before. But i got your contact by searching through the website
and I have email you earlier, without Ur response. For formal
Introduction, I am Mr.Johnson Matt, Auditor General with one of the
leading Banks in Southern Africa.
My reason of contacting you,is because I am looking for a Trustworthy
person that I can present to my bank as the Business Partner/next of
kin of a deceased client,to help claim his unclaimed US$30.8M deposit,
thereafter we can share it.
SO IF YOU’RE INTERESTED, kindly send the information stated below
1) Your Full Name....
2) Home Address.................
3) Your Age...........................
4) Your Country.......................
5) Your Occupation....................
6) Your Personal Mobile Phone/Fax Number.........
7) Photo Copy of your ID or Passport and also tell me a little more
about your self.
As soon as get back to me more details will be giving to you and i
will let you know the share/% that I will be offering you in
participation in claiming this fund
Mr. Johnson Matt

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