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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. Thompson Kuala" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 06:00:55 +0100
Subject: Inquiry 06- 03 -14,,,,,,


I introduce my self as the secretary in the Livestock and Fisheries industries of Ministry of Agriculture of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I would like to seek for your interest in our new FINANCIAL INVESTMENT SCHEME in your country.

Please express your interest with a quick response for more information.


Mr. Thompson Kuala.
Secretary for Agriculture.
Cell phone: +234-8187246839

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