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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: Chris Olis <>
Reply-To: Chris Olis <>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:35:47 +0000 (UTC)

Hello My Dear, I have concluded to effect your payment through western union $5.000.00 daily until the $1,800,00 Million is completely transfered to you accordingly. Dr. Abbaman Davids has sent $5.000.00 in your name today so contact Western union Agent Dr. Abbaman Davids. E-mail:( give them all your information such as,
Beneficiary name--------Country---------------------Address--------------------Tel phone------------------A copy of your ID Card-------- With this Email:( Call the western union agent now  (phone +229-99658818) Tell him to give you the mtcn, sender name and question/answer to pick the $5.000.00. Note; this payment was directed to be made available in your name. Please, do not forget to update me as soon as you receive this first payment. Best Regards.Barrister Chris Olis.


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