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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: "Ms.Favour Manis" <>
Reply-To: "Ms.Favour Manis" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 22:53:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear my story comes strange to you because of frodulent acts in the internet this days please remove any doubt in your mind and believe me i saw your contact so i decided to contact you as my heart directed me, my names are Princes Favour manis from liberia i am 19yrs old i inherited this sum $5.500.000.00 from my late father it is in fixed Deposite account in the prime bank here in Abidjan, my late father used my names as his unique daugther for the next of kin in depositing this funds. He also exp

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