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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: Fex Global Security Company <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:09:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Fex Global Security Company

Fex Global Security Company
55 Allen Jones Avenue,
Off Creek Way Lagos,


        We want to inform you that your fund of $15m has been packaged in a consignment and place in our vault for easy shipment to your address through our diplomatic means.

You are hereby advised to respond as soon as possible to let us proceed with you on the delivery.

Mr. Asika Ikpeama
Director Fex Global Security Company

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