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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: casmire kere <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 11:29:02 GMT

Could you please consider to help me to relocate this sum of five million,three hundred thousand dollars(US$5.3m) to your country for establishing a medium-size industry in your country.

The said (US$5.3m) millions dollars was deposited in our bank by Mrs Joyce Lake an American citizen who died in a plane crash in 2000.

We have tried to contact her immediate family to come forward for claims but could not succeed. We discovered that the late American died along side with her husband and children who are supposed to be her next of kin.

I will give you all vital information concerning the American and the 5.3millons dollars in our custody so that you will contact my bank for them to release the money to you.

You can come here in person or you can request the bank to give you the contact of the bank lawyer's who can
 represent your interest in the transfer process.

I am one of the bank senior staff, I will play a role to make sure that the
(US$5.3m) millions dollars is released to you.

As soon as I recieve your reply, I will give you an instruction on what you should do. Reply and send the following informations to me :
Contact me in this my private email address for security purpose {}

1) Your full Name,
2) Age
3) Address,
4) Occupation,
5) Your Telephone Numbers
6) Nationality

I am awaiting your next reply,

Mr. Casmire Kere.

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