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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. Michael Moller" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2015 16:20:52 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Notification

There is an issue with the European
Payments Commission in the amount of
$1,500,000.00 United States Dollars approved in your name . Your award winning payment bank
cheque has been credited into ATM Debit Card by the issuing bank which you can
use to withdraw your money
worldwide. For more information and clarification, contact our regional
director in charge for your ATM Debit Card delivery via DHL courier company.
E-mail: ( ) Regional Director: Mr. Martin Amurda. Tel: +229-99 646 783.

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