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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: "Support Team" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:25:02 +0100

Attn. Mail User,

We regret to announce to you that we are currently carrying out mail verification/maintainance. During this process unverified accounts may be temporarily or permanently disabled to help remove inactive accounts and improve our web messaging service for other active users.

To confirm and to keep your account active during and after this process, please click the link below or paste it on your web browser to verify your account.

Failure to do this may cause a permanent deactivation of your user account from our database to enable us create more spaces for new users.

E-mail Support Team

(c) 2014

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