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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: "Gaston" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 09:24:27 +0100
Subject: Re; A Request From You,

Hello Dear,
How are you doing today? i hope you are fine?
I have $38,500.000.00. usd. Thirty Eight million five hundred thousand united states dollars in which i intent to transfer to your bank account in your country. I also intent to relocate to your country and invest in a lucrative business there in your country.
I hope with your assistance we can transfer all the money to your bank account in your country?
Your share would be 25% of the mentioned amount above. I will donate 5% to orphanage home in your country.
I will invest my 70% to any lucrative business in your country.
If you are willing to do this deal with me you should send me your direct contact details to my email address:
1) Your full name.
2)your Phone number.
3)Your home or office address.
4) Your marital status and your occupation.
I hope to hear from you soon
Best Regards

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