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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: "ABDUL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2016 06:21:02 +0100
Subject: CALL ME + 2348108447665

my name is mr mohammed abdul,i am the son of late head of states,i have cash money in dubai,i
need your coperation to receive the cash,i need only your phone number to discuse with you
about the funds,we have twenty five million dollars cash money belonginf to my father please
help me to provide details bellow and we fix a meeting in dubai or ghana accra
i will give you 50% for your help,if you are interested
full nme,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
cell phone number,,,,,,,,,,
i am waiting

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