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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: "Greg Andreas" <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 07:38:14 -0000
Subject: ENQUIRIES !

Greetings !

I am Greg Andreas , My client want you to claim and Manage the sum of
$10,000,000,00 USD (Ten Million United State Dollars) into a good business
venture after a brief study of your profile. These funds was transported
from Europe to NEW YORK. We have two Trunks with each containing USD Five
Million all in USD $ 100 bills.

Meanwhile, these funds are on its way to NEW YORK accompanied by a
Consultant under a legitimate arrangement from any breach of law.


Greg Andreas


Minerva House Third Floor
London, SE1 9DH
United Kingdom
TEL: +447937447310
Fax: +448721115663

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