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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: Rajab M.Ramia <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 01:49:02 +0100
Subject: From People's Bank Of Zanzibar Tanzania

Banks - Tanzania
Plot 01
P.O. Box 01
Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255 785 279 829


To whom it may concern,we will like to bring to your notice that your name was shortlisted among 135 bona-fide beneficiary who have not received their outstanding payment from Africa,however the Africa leaders in-conjunction with United Nation have concluded to use our bank to release a total sum of $2.5million dollars as a compensation.

With all due respect all you need to do is to send your full details as stated below to enable us proceed and work with you.

Awaiting to hear from you with the information needed,

1,Full Name
2,Full Address
3,Telephone and Fax
4,Occupation and Age

Best Regard

Rajab M.Ramia
Director, ATM payment department
Tel: +255 785 279 829

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