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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: " Dr.Larry Roland" <".www.">
Reply-To: " Dr.Larry Roland" <>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 21:55:36 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention please

Attention please,

I just received an email from Mr. Leo Raphael the Director Of BEST-WAY EXPRESS COMPANY that the ATM CARD valued the sum of ($2.5 Million Dollars) which I sent to you was returned back due to wrong address provided, They need the reconfirmation of the following information's:

Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Phone Number:
Your Age and occupation:

Contact them with the following information immediately:

Mr. Leo Raphael
Telephone: +229 68473322

They will require you to pay for International Delivery Permit Certificate fee, please don’t hesitate, pay it immediately so they will recommence the shipment and also forward your tracking information to you. Just send me a brief email as soon as you received the shipment.

Your registration code is (BWE/14160/2016), use it as your subject when contacting them so they will recognize you and attend to you without any delay.

Thanks and have a nice day.

Best Regards

Dr.Larry Roland

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