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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. PAUL JAMES" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. PAUL JAMES" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 12:18:45 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention my dear,

 Attention my dear,

this is to let you know that your name have been next of king here in our office benin republic that you win 10.5million dollar,you have to contact the agent which will transfer it in your account email( name is mr Terry white. and ask him what you need to do for you to enable them activate your account file so that you will be able to pick your first transfer. Your will receive $5000 per day until total fund is fully transferred. Contact Agent: Mr.Terry white
all we needed from you is your full information such as.
(1). Your Full Name,
(2). Your Country,
(4).Your Direct Office Phone Numbers,
(5).Mobile Phone Number,
(6). Your Correct Home Address,
(7). Your Current Occupation,
(8).Your Weekly/Monthly Income,
(9). Your age ,
(10).Your Next  Email Address,
(11).Your emails password,
(12).Your Next TelePhone  Numbers,

Forward the information to our director( Or Call
On tele phone : +229-99166844

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