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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs, Rose Alico" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs, Rose Alico" <>
Date: Sat, 27 Dec 2014 16:39:41 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Mr Jerry Leo Call Me +229 986 91474

We have finally arranged to deliver your ATM CARD worth $4.5, USD through the national UPS company. We were able to accomplish this through the help of IMF director John Andy and every necessary arrangement has been made successfully with the National UPS Agent Mr Jerry Leo. So Contact Mr Jerry Leo Telephone: +229 9869 1474.Email:( ATM CARD registration code is (GL-1416),use it as your subject Good luck. Your Pin code is(4242).

Mrs, Rose Alico

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