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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: "Mrs. Mary Okon" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Mary Okon" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:42:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Very Urgent

I am Mrs. Mary Okon, senior secretary to Minister of Finance Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, i am glad to inform you that your overdue inheritance fund have been approved for payment. For your advice now, its time you stop being deceived by any body anywhere around the world of money coming to you. Your fund was successfully cleared for payment last month and to be released to you before the end of the month to enable us present our financial report to Federal Government.

Without wasting much time i want you to re-confirm your information to enable us process the necessary documents for immediate release of your fund.

Your Full Name:
Current Residential Address:
Telephone Home:
Mobile Phone (if available):
Your ID Card (Int'l Passport or Driver's License:

Note that your approved fund is US$10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars only). Get back to me on my contact email below very urgent, we don't have much time again:

Phone: +234 8021157684

Your quick response is required.
With much love.
Mrs. Mary Okon.    

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