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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: "Beasely" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:44:58 +0100
Subject: I am Now in NJ. Reply FAST.

Greetings Dear Valued Customer,

We have finally succeeded in getting your package worth of $7.5 million out with the help of Mr Chris Douglas Attorney General of Federal High Court of Justice, who act as your foreign Attorney representative happens that your emaill is amoung those selected.

I am the Diplomatic Agent that is In-charge of your Delivery and i am Currently at New Jersey Newark Airport United State Of America, With Your consignment Worth $7.5 million Dollars, But Unfortunately i Lost Your Address, when the Airport Authorities Was Searching and inspecting my documents, so Provide Your Information's to me again, such as: Your Full Name, Current Address, Your Nearest Airport, Your Tele & fax
Numbers, Country, so that i can be able to complete the delivery today.

Please have it send via my private email.( )


Diplomatic Agent,
Michael Beasley.

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