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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: "Capt.Dwight Hawkins" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:18:56 -0300


I need your help with the safe keeping of two military trunkboxes from a security house for safe keeping. Please respond for more details, you can also visit the website below for source of fund.

I got your contact from an International League Equality & Diversity directory who told me how reliable you are and am contacting you base on that and i do hope you are going to give me your trust in carrying out this project which will be of benefit for you and me and i will give you 40% of the Total sum as your share after the transaction.

I will need you to assist me to received This funds. As soon as i hear from you i will give you details.

Regards, Capt. Dwight.

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