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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. Thomas Gomez" <>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 12:33:43 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Notification

Your award winning compensatory payment bank cheque worth of
$1,500,000.00 dollars has been approved by the European Payments Council. Your
payment bank cheque has been credited into ATM Card by the issuing bank
which you can use to withdraw your money worldwide. For more information and
clarification, contact our zonal consultant for your ATM Card delivery
through Dhl courier company. Contact e-mail: ( ) Contact
Person: Martin Amurda. Telephone: +229-99 646 783

Best regards,
Dr. Thomas Gomez

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