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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.Aba Justice" <>
Date: Mon, 08 Jun 2015 20:52:33 +0000
Subject: Claim your 3.5 Million United States Dollars,

You have been issued a payment notice of total sum ( $ 3,500,000.00 ) Three
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only from the World
Bank in conjunction with Federal Government of Nigeria. We have been
instructed to release your Inheritance and winning funds to you without any
more delay.

We have arranged Your payment through our payment center in Europe,America
and Asia Pacific,including here in African which the instruction given by
the Director of International payment monetary unit.

We shall be expecting to receive your information and you are advise to
stop further communication with anybody from now to enable us release your
funds to you without any claim your inheritance payment send the
following information immediately to this E-mail

Your Full name:
Your Address:
Your mobile number:
Your age:
You sex:
Your occupation:
Your country:
A copy of your verifiable ID for verification
Your Banking information

Thanks for your co-operation.

Your urgent response is highly required and you should call us immediately.

Congratulations in advance

Best Regards,

Mr.Aba Justice

Director of International Investigation
Address: 108 GARIK ROAD,Abuja Nigeria.
Tel +234-8020812790
Tel fax +234-8020812790

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