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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.Karis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 18.12.35 +0200
Subject: From Mr.Karis.

Dear Friend,
I write to solicit your collaboration and support to enable us execute a very lucrative and highly profiting business transaction. It is an important supply business that we shall profit meaningfully. This is a good contract business supply of a medicine product, it involve purchasing it at a lower price and seling at a higher price in fact twice the price of purchase and we shall request for advance payment from the buyer to buy from the actual supplying company. If you are interested, please get back to me for more detail.

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