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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. Jenna Goudreau" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 06:17:56 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Pick Up Your MascterCard Award Winer

Name: Economic Community of West African States
Acronym: ECOWAS
Year of foundation: 1975
Headquarters: Porto Novo Benin Republic
Official Email :
ECOWAS Office Contact No +229 99265231
Chief Manager Muna Joe
Dear Award Winner

I Have Registered Your Package Vial Dhl Express This Morning And We Agree
Up That The Delivery Of Your $5.8M ATM Card Consignment Box Will Take Off
So Contact Them With Your Full Info

(1) Full Names: -------------
(2) Phone Line : ------------
(3) Country Of Origin : --------
(4) Age : ----------------
(5) Occupation : ----------
(6) Home Address : -------

Contact Mr. Jerry Bright
Tell: (+229) 95990794
Email :

Thanks You,
Mrs.Jenna Goudreau

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