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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: markin_domar <>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 15:22:45 +0000
Subject: Dear friend,

Dear friend,

i am,Barrister Markindomar a Lawyer by profession and citizen of Togo
in Western Africa.

I am contacting you for a transaction what $10,000,000.00. United
States Dollars cash.

was lodged in a local Bank here by my late client before his death I
need your information so that I will send to you an application form
which you will fill and send to the bank Your Full Name and Address,

Your Age, Occupation and Position, Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication

This fund belongs to my late client that died years back in a car
accident here in Togo.

I am waiting for your urgent reply to enable me gives you more detail
about the matter and officially present you as the next of kin/sole
beneficiary for more proceedings before the said fund get confiscated
by the authorities as unclaimed fund.

Please get back to me so that i can tell you in more details why i contacted
you in this regards. I will be waiting for your at my private email box
response. Here


Best regards,
Barrister Markind omar,
Lot 165/C Asiyeye


Lome Togo
West Afrika.

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