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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 Solomon Adams <>
Reply-To: Dr Solomon Adams <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:59:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?Did_you_authorize_Mr._Jones_Tsarist=E2=80=8F?=

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Dr,Solomon Adams from Debt reconciliation Committee Lagos Nigeria.
There is counter claims on your funds presently by one Mr. Jones Tsarist,who is trying to make us believe that you are dead and even explained that you had an agreement with him, to help you in receiving your part payment of$8.5Million US dollars.Please kindly reconfirm to us your personal Details as follow,

Your Full Name:
Your House Address:
Your Tele-phone And Fax No:
Your Age and Gender :
Your Nationality:
Your Occupation:  
Your mail Address:
Your Zip Code:

for your urgent release of the Premium immediately. Reconfirm the above information to avoid making payment to a wrong person. as your fund is now ready to be transferred based on the urgent instructions from the Debt reconciliation Committee .

Best Regard
Dr, Solomon Adams

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