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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: "Mr.Jim Harry" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Jim Harry" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 01:29:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Funds Owner

Attention Funds Owner

We have deposited your fund $2.5m, through money gram money transfer department after our finally meeting regarding your fund, All you will do is to contact money gram Director Pastor Terry Cool via email: ( )He will give you direction on how you will be receiving the funds daily. Remember to send him your full information to avoid wrong transfer such as.

Though,Terry Cool has sent $6000 in your name today so contact him or you call him 0022996552523 as soon as you receive this email.

Mr.Jim Harry

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