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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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Fraud email example:

From: Mayor Klint <>
Reply-To: Mayor Klint <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 21:10:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear, I need you to assist me in a claim of $6,200,000.00 USD, this claim is genuine and 100 per cent risk free so we MUST remain fiducially in all our dealings, because i cannot achieve this opportunity alone without the support of a foreigner, and for your role in assisting me complete this claim, you will take 30 per cent of the total sum. kindly contact me back and indicate your interest with assurance of trust so that i will give you the full details on how to carry out this claim. My

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