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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: "Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY" <>
Reply-To: "Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 05:08:41 +0000 (GMT)

Foundation's Officer,
Fondazion Di Vittorio, ITALY

You were selected among the lucky recipients to receive the award sum of US$25,000,000.00 (twenty five Million United States Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the France Foundation, ECOWAS and the UNO in accordance with t he enabling act of Parliament.

You are required to expeditiously contact the Executive Secretary with your Qualification numbers (P-333-7858,B-011-67) for processing of your claims,you'll be given your donation pin number.Contact Mrs.Jennifer James (DPU) Information Officer.

Enter Personal Details:
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Valid Phone Number: Fax (optional):

Executive Secretary Mrs.Jennifer James

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