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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: Linda Beck <>
Reply-To: Linda Beck <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:35:56 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Contact Him For Your First $5,000Usd Payment Today,

 Your first $5000.00 will be send today Contact Person:Mr.Percy (wumt0330@gmail.comr) Tel: +22997490017 He will keep sending you the daily payment of $5000.00 until your total fund of $2,800,000.00USD.are completed.Forward to him your full name phone call and address for him to be sure.The only Money you will pay him is activation fee to receive your total sum is $195usd.Mrs.Linda Beck.

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