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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: "Mr.peter barry" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:17:57 -0300

To Whom It May Concern, I kindly want to put in notice before you, my
names Mr.peter barry , A citizen of South Africa, I am in India presently
seeking for a reliable and trust worthy fellow to assist me of my late
Father money, which I transferred from Barclays Bank London Uk. to Reserve
Bank (RBI) in India, for an investment purpose.

The said amount is Three million Two hundred Thousand U.S Dollars
($3.2Million) I have done a reasonable research and find out that is not
easy for Foreigner to have an account for such a huge amount, so I want
you as a Citizen of India to assist me by transferring this Fund into your
nominated Bank account, and twenty five percent (25%) will be offer to you
for the Work well done.5% for any expenses that may arise Please, if you
are interested do contact me as soon as possible.

I await swift response by mail

Thanks for your co. operation.

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