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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: "Tom" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 04:54:55 +0700
Subject: Thanks for your assistant.

Compliment of the season and how is everything generally, May songs of joy fill your home with warmth and
your heart with happiness as you read this email. Please go through this email and read and understand.

My name is David Tom working with a security company where some of this money were been deposited in
which I have been able to move some of this money out of the country.I have all the documents to make
you the beneficiary of the said funds. I would like you to claim and stand as the beneficiary of the funds.

There is no risk involves, I am the only one that knows the genesis of the said fund. When I hear from you
I will give you the full details of the transaction, and if possible we can meet before we proceed with the
process of the transaction, it would be a great opportunity for both of us to meet.

Find the links below:
Finally, if you are not interested kindly delete it immediately.
Reply to my personal email. (

Yours Sincerely,

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