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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 thomas <>
Reply-To: Mr thomas <>
Date: Fri, 26 Dec 2014 09:23:16 +0000 (UTC)

My Dear Friend
Please i want you to read this letter very carefully and i must apologize for barging this message into your mail box without any formal introduction due to the urgency and confidential of this issue and i know that this message will come to you as a surprise i finally registered your master card ATM sum of 2.5m usd to DHL courier service company with your code no (Code: (06634) / $2.5m usd) contact them immediately with the info below send this detail to director Mr. Larry Ellison  for fast delivery of your atm visa card.

Bellow is his contact.

Name: Mr. Larry Ellison
Email :(
Telephone no:+229 99940500

 Therefore you are requiring providing your information listed below to enable them complete your delivery to your doorstep.

Mr. Larry Ellison  is a God fearing and with good account of which others have received their funds successfully through his services and there was no complaining so far, so I can assure you that you will receive the payment today according to the instruction I gave to him which real on your immediate conglomerate with him.

NOTE: That it depends how serious you are

Yours Sincerely
Mr. Thomas

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