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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:

Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 10:47:39 -0500


I have received the check from bank few days ago and kept the checque with Dr. Kia as we discussed. Please email his at immediately to send the cheque to you. I am now in Colombia.
I kept USD$5.5million cashier check and will send you the rest of money after my business trip here. I send you so many emails but all bounced back. So mail Dr. Jally Kiakos with below email for him to send the check to you:( ) or call him on +229 66020124. Thanks and do let me know when you have gotten it.

Contact Dr. Kiakos

His Excelency
Rev. Pastor. George Hall
Minister of Health
Dr. Kiakos's email address is this:

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