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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: Carine David <>
Reply-To: Carine David <>
Date: Sat, 25 Jun 2016 18:14:32 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please My name is Miss Carine David


Please My name is Miss Carine David 24 years old. Please i need your help to
transfer some fund my late father deposited in the bank before he died
in a car accident. Amount is $3.5m in the bank.
I will give you more detail information of the fund when i hear from you.
Sincerely yours,
Miss Carine David.

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