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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: Anderson Fletcher <>
Reply-To: Anderson Fletcher <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:56:07 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I am waiting for your

 Dear Friend,

I have deal of Sixty Eight Million Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only.($68.8M) in my department and i need a trust worthy person overseas who will help me to receive the money in 60% for me and 40% for you but all the whole money will be held by him on trust pending when i will come with my family to invest my share of the money

If you are interested send down the following personal details to me and as soon i hear you we will proceed but you are advised to keep everything regards to this business very confidential.

I am waiting for your urgent reply so that we will starts immediately on how the fund will move to you in your country through the bank or through UN envoy means.


Dr Anderson Fletcher

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