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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: "Mrs. Louise Gelineau" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs. Louise Gelineau" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 17:29:42 -0600 (CST)

Dear E-mail Owner,

This is Mrs. Louise Gelineau i registered your Inheritance Claim`s ATM CARD of (US$10.5M) with
DHL Express with registration code of (96776), please Contact with your
delivery information: DHL OFFICE:

Name: Mr Franklin Lucas.
E-mail: ( )
Tel: +229 98486934

she have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee.The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee only.
Please indicate the registration Number of (22-87457 )and ask Him how much is their Security fee so that you can

Best Regards.
Mrs. Louise Gelineau

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