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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: "Mrs. Mary Hillary " <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Mary Hillary " <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:01:22 +0000 (UTC)

Dear Friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my account officer, his name is Mr Mark Anthony and his email address is
( ) or on his direct telephone number +229 9839 0453  Now tell him to send you the total $2.8mUSD which I kept for your  compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my account officer Mr Mark Anthony and instruct him where to send the amount to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the
sufferance at that time. In the moment,I am very busy here because of the investment projects which i and the new partner are having at hand.
Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the account officer on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Mr Mark Anthony and he will send the amount to you without any delay.
With best regards,
Mrs Mary Hillary

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