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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Jessica U Meir " <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2016 20:08:07 +0100
Subject: My name is Jessica U Meir,From Illinois United States of America

My name is Jessica U Meir,From Illinois United States of America,I am compelled to you via this medium for obvious reasons which you will
understand when we discuss details of my propositions,please i will like you to reply me through my email address( I have very important and confidential matter that i want to discuss with you,i am still working in Syria for the sake of the crisis,so kindly reply me so that i will introduce to you and the reason why I am contacting you.


Jessica U Meir.

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