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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: Jimmy Doe <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 09:18:06 +0100
Subject: Urgent Please


I’m honorable Jimmy Doe Liberian by nationality.I got your email
address through google yellow page.I have a transaction involved
transferring of funds amounted to US$45 Million. I want you to
invest.Please upon the receipt of your reply, I will give you the full
details on how the project will be executed.In addition I am willing to
offer you 30% of the total sum.

Best regard
Jimmy Doe

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