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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: "Mrs. Princess Favour" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Princess Favour" <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 18:37:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Person John kiki for your bank draft

 Dear Friend,

This is to thank you for your effort. I understand that your hands were tied. Not to worry. I have succeeded and the money has been transferred into the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in Australia. To compensate for your past assistance and commitments have dropped an International Certify Bank Draft of $2.5million for you.

I am in now in hospital for treatment of cancer which may led me to dead in any moment from now, please remember to pay 10 percent to charity organization and remain balance is for you and your family.

Moreover, Contact John .kiki with blow information to enable him delivery the cheque to you.

Contact person: John kiki

Email:( )
Telephone: +229 98 399 260

Forward my mail to him, then ask him to send the cheque to you and provide for him the following information.
Your full name_________________________
Your address______________________
Your country_________________________
Your age____________________________
Your occupation_____________________
Your Phone number____________________

Take good care of your self and more bless.


Mrs. Princess Favour

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