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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: "DR. GEORGE MOORE " <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 00:56:32 +0100
Subject: HE JUST ARRIVED CALL HIM OR TEXT VIA +1-936 228 8497.



This is to clearly inform you that the courier service man by name Gray Everts I sent to deliver your cash inheritance funds over $10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars Only) loaded in a Consignment trunk box has successfully arrived your country and he is at the John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) located in Queens, New York City, United States, he needs your attention to direct him to the nearest airport to your door step.

He is not aware of the content of the Consignment Trunk box because the first time this commission tried sending the consignment trunk box to you, the first diplomat made away with the consignment trunk box due to the fact that he knew the content but was later apprehended in Brazil.

So I need you to contact him at once to enable him leave the airport as fast as he can to avoid the consignment trunk box been tampered knowing that the papers covering the consignment trunk box is said to be carrying hospital equipment's as he was equally told too. Name= Donald Everts, Contact address= {} and contact number# 1-936 228 8497. Also you can reach me through this email for further clarifications.( )

Best Regard


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