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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: John Henry <>
Reply-To: John Henry <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:06:18 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Funds Transfer

 Good day,
I am so sorry for getting back to you very late. The issue is that, i misplaced the delivery address and your transfer details sent to me during the seminar i told you about. And due to urgency of my travelling schedules, i left the cheque with my secretary in Benin at amount USD 2.5 million. Now, i want you to contact him as urgent as possible and provide same delivery address to him or your transfer details for fast mailing of your cheque or transfer of it depending on what choice you made.
His name is Mr Fabian Priston with below contact details:
phone..... +22996973503

Any more delay in doing this might affect the cheque validity, hence there is every need to get in touch with him now for further direction on how to get your funds to you. Never fail to get back to me as soon as you do that. Right now, i am in India.
Thank you.
John Henry

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