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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: Douglas terry <>
Reply-To: Douglas terry <>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:04:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Dear Friend, Compliments of the season and God's blessings from Stephen Carl, I am the one who contacted you long time ago for an Inheritance claims.However I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting those fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from the United Emirate,Presently i'm in Dubai for an investment projects. Therefore  you should  contact my secretary  in Cotonou Benin Republic with  the following information,Name Douglas Terry, Email: (  ) Direct Cell Phone +229-688-224-56 Do ask him to send you the Cashier's Cheque,sum of ($50.5 Million Usd) fivety  Million  Five Hundred Thousand Dollars , which I kept for your compensation,however he will attend to you without delay. Furthermore you should also re-confirm the following information to mysecretary,to avoid wrong delivery. 1 Your Full Name2 Your Mailing Address3 Private Phone/Num ThanksStephen Carl   Your $50.5 Million Usd Compensation.  

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