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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.David Mark" <>
Reply-To: "Dr.David Mark" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 16:02:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: (USD$2,500,000.00) and your inability to meet up with some charges

Good Day,
Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer ofyour (USD$2,500,000.00) and your inability to meet up with some chargeslevied against you due to the past transfer options, We the Board of Directors,Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded and today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this
 CORPORATE VISA CARD and also have registered it with DHL for delivery to DHL with
Your Full names:___________ 
Your full address:____________ Your number & Country:____________ Dr.David Mark Phone +22968484126 mail 1 ( mail 2 (
Best regardsMr Peter Wright

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