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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: "Michel Kanasa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:19:49 +0200
Subject: Conact Michel Kanasa and let achieve this together

My name is Michel Kanasa. I was a personal Lawyer to Kegl Gorazd, who died as a result of car accident (may his soul rest in peace).  I hereby seek your consent to present your name to Gorazd's  Bank, so that you can inherit His money through my assistance.
About the money value USD18,500,000.00 Dollars deposited by Gorazd before his death. Kindly get back to me if you want more details about this case.
Best Regard,
Advocate Michel Kanasa

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