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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: From Mark Fisher <>
Reply-To: From Mark Fisher <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:28:08 +0000 (UTC)


With due respect,
Am  Mark Fisher with the Engineering unit here in Kandahar, Afghanistan for the United States.
I am in need of your assistance, we have about 11.5 million Euro that we want to move out of the country. My partner and I need a good partner, someone we can trust to actualize this venture. The money is  from oil proceeds and legal. But we are moving it by diplomatic means to your doorstep directly or a safe and secured location of your choice using diplomatic courier services. But can we trust you? 
Once the funds get to you, you take 30% out and keep 70% for us. Your part of this deal is to find a safe place where the funds can be sent to. Our part is sending it to you. If This proposal interests you do not hesitate to get back to me with your information: such as: Full Name:Mobile Number: Age:  Occupation: Position: State of origin:Mailing Address: Next of Kin:
Make sure you direct all your reply via my  security mail box: ( as to update you on the next step to take. Your Buddy.SGT. Mark Fisher,

God Bless America!!!

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