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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: "A S A" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Mar 2016 03:55:58 -0800
Subject: Confidensial Business Inquiry!!!

How are you? I hope you are well. Please accept my sincere apologies for writing to you privately without your own consent.the consultant which am suppose to pass through to get in touch with you is acting very greedy by requesting %25 instead of %10 so i have to pass through a means to contact you directly As it is taking time to deal with the greedy man.

I hope i am free to discus the business with you, without involving the consultant. if pleased I shall provide you with further details when I receive your positive response.

The deal is Worth US$2 BILLION,you And i with my colleagues will share US$411 MILLION.

I shall provide you with further details when I receive your positive response.


A S A.

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