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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: Mr.Frank Kennedy <>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:12:15 +0800
Subject: Dear Friend


I am Mr.Frank Kennedy, i am the regional manager of SECURITY WORLD-SWIFT COURIER COMPANY New Branch in UK, I believe it is the wish of God for me to come across to you on my search as a reliable person and who can not betrayed me at the end, I have important business discussion valued at US$3,500,000.00 (Three Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) I wish to share with you which I believe will interest you.

We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address:

You can as well call me on phone +44 (703) 598-1591. Have a nice day and God bless.
Anticipating your communication,
Mr.Frank Kennedy
Courier Operational Manager United Kingdom

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