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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: "Raymond & Robyn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 21:38:55 -0000
Subject: ={Complimentary Greetings To You And Your Family}=

Greetings To You And Your Family.

Our Names are Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collie who won the March 18 2014 draw with a winning Quick Pick ticket from Publix on South Courtenay Parkway on Merritt Island of $207 million prize, now that we just commenced my Charity Donation Scheme, we will be giving out cash grant of $1Million Dollars each to (5)Lucky international recipients worldwide. Your email address was submitted to our personal assistance from the best web directory and search engine by legal advisers to the donation scheme. You received this message because you have be listed as one of our (5)lucky millionaires. Our aim is to raise the living standards of people across the world. This may be a surprise to you or a joke or hoax to you Due to the scams in the internet this days, please have no doubt as this is very real. To confirm the legitimacy of this donation Prize, you may visit my web page below

After your confirmation, Kindly respond to this message with your Full Names and your contact address for more details on how to receive your cash grant. (Send response to :

Kindly accept my warmest Congratulations.

Warm Regards,
Raymond Moyer and Robyn Collie

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