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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: "Jose Calvache" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2016 05:39:58 +0200
Subject: Eure Hilfe

“X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report
X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname -
X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain -
X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID - [47 12] / [47 12]
X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain -
X-Get-Message-Sender-Via: authenticated_id: wwwatasehir/only user confirmed/virtual account not confirmed
X-Authenticated-Sender: wwwatasehir

Guten Tag,

Ich möchte, dass Sie mich auf einem Geldtransfer zu unterstützen, wenn Sie
bereit und interessiert sind, antworten Sie mir bitte nach Erhalt dieser
E-Mails für mehr Klarheit und Modalitäten für den erfolgreichen Abschluss
dieser Transaktion erforderlich.
Dank und warten Sie Ihre dringende Antwort zu diesem Thema.

Freundliche Grüße,
Herr. Jose Calvache.


Good day,

I want you to support me on a money transfer, if you
are willing and interested, please reply me on receipt of this
E-mail for more clarification and modalities for the successful completion
This transaction required.
Thanks and wait your urgent response to this issue.

Best regards
Mr. Jose Calvache.

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