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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: Gustave Casse Anani <>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 23:32:01 +0900 (JST)

Dear Friend.

Compliments of the Day and God's blessings from EMMA OSIGA,I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund
transferred, Now I want you to contact my Pastor on the information below:

Name: Pastor Williams Koffi
Direct Tel: +229 93 13 05 71

Ask him to send you the total sum of ($800,000.00) which I kept for your compensation contact my Pastor on his Email also give him your
contact information which he will use to send you compensation cheque.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering at that time. In the moment,I am very
busy here in South Korea because of the investment projects me and my new partners are having at hand and be inform you will only send him the
DHL delivery cost for sending your cheque .

Best Regards

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