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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: "Dr. Mrs. Jessica Ezeh" <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 23:49:30 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Good Day:

Please I will like to inform you
regarding the delivering of your fund, with
the DHL company Benin,contact agent he will need your
information to complete the delivery of your package
{ATM CARD} with him,Worth's of $1.2million dollars,
contact him now for more details about the fund from United
Contact: Mr.John William
Email:; Phone: +229 68808554
Your Full Name:...............
Direct Phone:....................
Nearest Airport.....................
Copy of ID/Passport.................

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