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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: "g" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 22:16:25 -0300
Subject: Re: Boli

I am Mr. Berenguer Bolivar Basilio a Spanish national base in United Kingdom (UK), I have (US$25,000,000,00) Twenty five Million united states dollars with finance House in United State. Can you help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations?. Iwill give you 30% of the funds if you can assistance me to help disburse this fund to charities as I have been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
Right now I have only about a few months to live. I am very rich, but was never generous; I have given most of my assets to my immediate family members.. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this letter as soon as possible and treats with absolute confidentiality and sincerity
Look forward to hearing from you
Mr. Bolivar B. Basilio

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