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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: "Dr. Richard Great" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:29:12 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Rgds. Rev. Dr. Richard Great

Attn! Your delivering man is presently at Atlanta USA airport with your
package, in order to smoothly deliver the box to you, send him the following
info listed below to enable him deliver your box to you. I strongly suggested
that you do not reveal to him that the box contains 10.5M dollars. And send him
bellow info for your delivery. Respond to him on {}


Rgds. Rev. Dr. Richard Great
CALL +229-9805-7458.

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