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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: Access Login <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2016 15:36:10 +0530

Good Day,

I am Mrs. Anita S. How are you and your lovely family and I am hopping
my message meets you successful. I discovered a huge amount of the non
- residential account at our bank and you desperately need to help me
receive this money in your local bank account in your country. If you
are able and willing to help get these funds, I will give more details
as soon as I receive your positive response to this opportunity. I want
your urgent response to my proposal immediately, so that I can give you
full details. Kindly contact me through my personal email address or my
office email address -

Best Regards,
Anita S.

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