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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:

From: Tina Johnson <>
Reply-To: Tina Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 14:56:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your First Payment Is Ready Contact Him Now,

 Your first $5000.00 will be send today Contact Person:Mr. John Percy,( call Or send sms text Tel +22997490017 He will keep sending you the daily payment of $5000.00 until your total fund of $2,800,000.00USD.are completed.Forward to him your full name phone call and address for him to be sure. A Clearance documents of your fund will required from relevant offices here if you can get them by yourself no cost will be require from you but option if you cannot get the documents you will send $250usd he will help you get them also he will send you copies of them with your first payment informationThanks,Mrs.Tina Johnson.

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