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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: Ambani Mukesh <>
Reply-To: Ambani Mukesh <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:45:32 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Accept this for your past effort.

 Dear friend,

You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very long time. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred to India account. I did not forget your past effort to assist me, so I kept some amount for you in my own appreciation for your compensation. Now I want you to contact my secretary on this information below.

NAME: Mr: Jim Martins.
EMAIL: ( )

Send him the below information to enable him deliver your bank draft to you immediately.
1. Your name:___
2. Address:_____
3. Phone number:____
4. Country/age:_____
5. Occupation:______

Contact him EMAIL: ( ) and ask him to send you the total sum of (2,200,000.00USD) Two Million Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars in a certified international bank draft issued from CitiBank, India, which I have kept for your compensation.

Best regards,
Mr. Mukesh Ambani
petrochemicals, oil & gas.

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