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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. Frank Roberts" <>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 13:42:31 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Attn

Your package worth the sum of $750,000USD in a
certified bank draft check is here in our office ready for delivery,
it was deposited to this office by Mr.Bill Gates wealth (Head Consultant)
of the Microsoft Corporation Benin Rep, saying that it was won by your
e-mail in their on going Microsoft Online Sweepstakes 2014 in conjunction
with Oil & Gas Benin Republic Ltd.Contact dhl for your package

Mr.Frank Roberts {Head Dispatch Officer}
Tell +22968520165.

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