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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 03:45:28 -1100

WEST AFRICA CENTENARY GRANT AWARD has AWARDED $1,000,000.00 dollars to you as a grant award. Meanwhile your urgent respond is highly needed with the re-confirmation of your details such as: Your Name: Country: Telephone Number: Age: Sex: Occupation: send the following details to our delivery officer below, to enable him deliver your grant award SATISFIED CHECK OF ONE MILLION DOLLARS AND DOCUMENT to you in person immediately.this document well facilitate the clearance of your grant award funds in your bank. Please endeavor to quote your REF Number: BDA/01/034/561/56D BATCH No: 34/0065/KJY, Qualification numbers (N-222-6647, E-910-56).

Delivery Officer.
Mr paul O. jackson
Tell: +2348028972033

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