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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: "MIKE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 09:01:23 -0000
Subject: Associate Request!!

I am Sir Michael Rake, The Chairman of BT Group PLC
Investment, England. I have a
business proposal which might interest you. Its a win win situation especially for
you. Our sharing ratio will be
50-50 Should in case you are interested, Kindly write me back to me asap for more details of the business proposal

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