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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: Cellen Comre <>
Reply-To: Cellen Comre <>
Date: Wed, 6 Apr 2016 19:50:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear Love One. I saw your email address through an online business directory during my search for an honest person and I contacted you personally because I seriously needed your assistance. My name Cellen Comore am 20 years old girl and the only child of my late parents Mr. and Mrs.Michel Comore My father worked for many years with an oil and gas drilling company and he deposited the sum of Two million, Five hundred thousand dollars (2 .5M US$) in my name before he died 2015 during this

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