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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: "Dr.Chally N" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:58:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello

What kept you waiting to claim your($850,000)compensation award notificatiton that was issued out by the United Nation & IMF to compensate all scam victims and lucky ones as well,Your email address was found among those to be compensated,once this notification gets to you,please do not hesitate to respond immediately with your full informations to enable us proceed without delays.We awaits for your urgent respond in good terms.

Best Regards,
Dr.Chally N.
Ministry Of Finance On Foreign Remittance:

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