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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: "George Uriesi" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 10:19:25 -0400

Dear Friend,
My name is George Uriesi; I am a Director, Federal Airport Authority of Nig. {FAAN} I am in search of an agent to assist in the transfer of {$60,500.000.00} Sixty MILLION, Five HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS, and subsequent investment in properties in your country. If you decide to render your service to us in this regard, 40% of the total sum will be offered to you. 10% will be set aside for any expenses encountered during the transfer. Please quickly send your phone and fax numbers.
Your faithfully,
George Uriesi

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