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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: Mr Stephen Green <>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 11:01:24 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Your first Payment has register today

We have completed on your first Payment register today,kindly reconfirm your
receiver’s name information to the office for your approval payment of one
million seven hundred thousand us dollars 1.7 million sign to release from Bank
For International Settlement,Contact money gram Office with his information
here: Name: Mr. Kwame Davids. Tel:+229-98277331 E-mail-:
Your money gram Payment maximum amount you will receiving each day started from
tomorrow is 5000usd daily until you receive your fund complete.Now reconfirm
your receiver’s information to him thanks Mr Stephen Green

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