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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: government house <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 14:02:21 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

I have deposited the check as we agreed yesterday on phone with Money Gram.
All you have to do is to contact them, they will give you direction on how you
will be receiving your funds.

agreement with them is $4,500 USD everyday until the whole of $2.5USD is

send the below information to them:

Receiver name: _________
Mobile Phone:________

The contact person is Mr. Lucky Olsen,
Phone number:- +229-99729970
Email:- (

Thank you.
Mr. Larry Cole

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