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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 .Edwin Aja" <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 22:57:41 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Atten Beneficiary

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of
your (USD$9,500,000..00) and your inability to meet up with some charges
against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of Directors, Bank
Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a
CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today,
we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this CORPORATE VISA
and also have registered it with DHL for delivery to DHL with your
full address and direct number.
Manager Mr.Kevin Antony Tel:+229-98589889.
E-mail: (
Mr .Edwin Aja
For the Management of BOA.

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