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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: "Dr. Nonaka Takashi" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 04:28:02 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: Warten darauf=?iso-8859-2?Q?=2C_von_Ihnen_zu_h=F6ren_?=

Warten darauf, von Ihnen zu hören

Ich bin Dr. Nonaka Takashi. (Head of Internal Audit Group, Vizepräsident,
Executive Officer und Director von Mizuho Trust & Banking Co., Ltd),
Japan. Ich habe ein lukratives Geschäft Vorschlag von gemeinsamem
Interesse mit Ihnen teilen, Wenn Sie an einer Zusammenarbeit mit mir
interessiert sind, kontaktieren Sie mich durch meine private E-Mail; ( ) für weitere Details

Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Dr. Nonaka Takashi

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