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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: "Mr.FRANK JAMES." <>
Reply-To: "Mr.FRANK JAMES." <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:41:19 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Dear Customer

 Good day.
Your first payment of $5,000.00 was sent call Mr. James Ike +229-97568974 to give you the MG Reference Number# email;( Send him the transfer charges $55.00 only your total amount in his office is $4.8million usd only. Here is the information you will use to send him the transfer charges $55.00 Thanks and God bless.
Receivers name;----Mr. James IkelAmount;---------$55.00 onlyCountry;---------------Benin RepublicCity of resident;----CotonouTest question;---In GodAnswer;----We TrustRef#--------------Senders name;-----------------Senders country;-------------------
Try and send him the transfer charges today to enable him release your first installment of $5000.00 the same today OKAY.
Best RegardsMr.FRANK JAMES.

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