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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: Baafi David <>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:17:31 +0000

Dear Friend,

I am writing to request your assistance to transfer the sum of US$2.8m, (TWO MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) into your bank accounts.I am constrained to issue more details about this business until i receive your positive response.

Thanks and God bless you as i am look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are interested.On your reply, send me the followings:

Your name.......................
Your Telephone No.........

Thank you for your time and attention.

Mr.David Baafi.

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