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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: "Micheal Dempsey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:52:22 +0800
Subject: urgent reply

Good Day.

I am Micheal Dempsey from Australia, Currently working with Legal &
General Home Insurance in Perth Australia. A deposit was made on behalf
of a local from Canada who Won a lottery at the tune AUD1.5 million
Dollars since 2012, and up till this date every attempts made to get in
contact with him has proven abortive. I am contacting you based on the
fact that you bear the same last name with him.

And to this effect, the company has mandated me to help get in contact
with him but to no avail. This funds could be transferred to you legally
through diplomatic immunity which I am in a position to perfect all
legal documents in regards to this. Well I need you to provide me with
your contact details to enable me furnish you with more details.

Kindly reply to my email :

Micheal Dempsey

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