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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: "Mr. Jocab Adam" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 20:04:01 -0700
Subject: Greetings


My name is Mr Jacob Adam, a banker and the account officer of a late Chinese billionaire Mr. Lam Kok who died in a helicopter crash in France on December 21st 2013.

I handled some his financial transactions in via our investment arm of the First National Bank, before his death, he secretly deposited US$48.5 million (Forty eight million five hundred thousand US Dollars) no one knows about this money so I want to present you as his next of kin of this fund so the bank will pay the fund directly to you as the next of kin because I can perfect all the necessary documentation which will make the bank to pay the money to you as the next of kin.

Please if you are interested in this transaction, get back to me immediately because it is very urgent and also send me your full name and your mobile telephone number in your reply to this, please note that this is totally risk free, you will have 50% of the total money.

View this website for more details:

Kindly reply to my private email below as I await your urgent response.

Best regards

Mr Jacob Adam.

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