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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.Anderson Maco" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 22:12:05 +0200
Subject: Greetings From Mr.Anderson

I am the Auditor in charge of Development Bank in Libya.there was a great late industrialist,who
has an account wth my Bank here in libya.
This account was opened in 2006 and has not been operated(remained inactive) since 2009.Realiable sources revealed that the oil merchant and Gold dealer died in one of the terrorist attacks in his Sirte residence.Until his death there was no written or oral will.His name is Mohammed Ali  Ahmad.The account has no other beneficiary.he was the manager of National Oil Corp (NOC)in Libya.This account in question has been floating(dormant)since 2009 and if I do not remit this money out urgently.
I will inform you about the next step to take.With my influence and power in the Bank,all will be
safely handled and legally done;THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO RISKS!
At the conclusion of the transfer,you will give me 60% of the money and keep 40% for your
self.This is a deal if you cannot handle it.please do not reply
Awaiting your prompt and positive response.
Yours Truly,
Mr.Anderson maco

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