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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: "Mrs. Michelle Owens Large" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2016 08:07:15 -0700
Subject: Kindly Reply ASAP+

Dear Friend,

My name is Mrs. Michelle Owens Large from Guayaquil Ecuador, am a dealer on Gold and diamonds. I know my message will come to you as a surprise based on the fact that we have not meant before, i got your e-mail contact on a private search on the internet while i was searching for a trusted person. I am going on a cancer surgery 8 days from this day. You should contact the Security Company listed below this message with this information: Personal Reference Number SKT-MMOL-BSL-FEB15 of my trunk box that I saved with the Security Company The boxes contains $18,450,000.00 USD. I here by donate this money to you help the poor and for the good work of our lord on earth. Because I am not sure of marking it alive from this surgical procedure.

Note: The Security Company doesn't know contents in the trunk box as CASH it was declared Family Treasure & Valuables; so do not disclose this to the Security Company when you are contact with them it is important for you be conscious and make it a top secret.

Please if you know deep in your mind that you can help me archived my aim for these funds, you should forward Your Full Name, Contact Address and Your Direct Phone Number upon receipt of this mail. This will enable communicate with the Security Company to release the trunk boxes to you on my behind.

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours Truly,

Mrs. Michelle Owens Large

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