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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. John Ordin" <>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:17:32 -0500
Subject: 48 Hours Response Required!

Hi ,

My name is Dr. J. Ordin, I'm the IMF Head of Equities Research in
EU Investment Banks i am contacting you base on your name on our file.

I will like us to have a classified discussion as a vast sum was left
for you with one of our banks, please kindly contact me on
my Email so that i will send you full information about your name on our


Warm Regards,

Dr. J. Ordin
Tel: +447053826674
Fax: +448435583008

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