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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: "DAVID Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:32:26 -0700
Subject: Re: Reply me pls

Good Day
We are sorry for your payment delay is because of your Partners here make too many mistakes on your transfer Documents that was presented to us by your Partners.I am here to help you and Correct the mistakes on your fill documents and to allow to transfer the FUNDS into your bank account without any delay or up front payment from you again Umtil you received the FUNDs into your Bank Account.If you are ready to receive your first payment of usd$5.5 Million get back to me with your full details below.
Your Full Name:...................................
Contact Address...................................
Telephone Number..............................
However, you should urgently re-confirm your full receiving  details to ths email address ( on the contrary,we are Looking
forward to hearing from you.
Yours Faithfully
Mr David Brown

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