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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: "Mr. Hono J. Udo." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 00:06:14 +0100
Subject: Your $2.5Million compensation fund

Dear Friend,

I am glad to inform you and your family that i have successfully concluded the transaction which i seek for your family help before, Now the fund has been transferred to Hong Kong through the assistant of Mr. Wong Lee, who is a business man base in Hong Kong.

I have mapped out a compensation fund and wrote on your favor a certified bank draft $2.5Million, I left the bank draft with shipping office on my departure to Hong Kong.

Contact the shipping office with the below information and instruct John Harrison where to send the certified bank draft to you.

Name: John Harrison
Phone: +229 686 70 140

As soon as you receive the certified bank draft, you should let me know because i am busy here trying to put things together and may not be chanced to email you frequently, feel free to contact John Harrison, for your certified bank draft.

Thank you very much and remain blessed.

Best Regards,

Mr. Hono G. Udo

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