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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:

Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:39:55 +0200
Subject: I need your support for this Transfer

Good day Friend!

I am Mr. Magro Manuel and I work at a bank of Spain, a branch manager.

I bring forth a transfer proposal deal of US$13,500,000.00 of an abandoned fund which has been left in a dormant account for long in my bank.

I would want this fund to be transfer to an offshore account by your support, acting as the beneficiary next of kin to the funds and make the request for claiming of the funds at my bank.

If you know you are capable of involving and partaking in this transaction, contact me at my email address below for briefing clarification:

Mr. Magro A. Manuel,

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