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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: "Mrs.Nancy Peters" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Nancy Peters" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2016 17:34:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FROM U B A BANK

What kept you waiting to claim your inheritance award
fund $900,000,00.(Nine Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) that was issued out to you as a compensation

Your email is here in our compensation list as one of the
lucky award winner and you are urgently needed to reply
to us with your informations to enable us direct you to the
bank where the fund was safely deposited for security
reasons and await you to claim. hurry and get back to us
immediately you recieve this mail to avoid error

Mrs.Nancy Peters
Plot 33,ATB Way Cadastral Zone.

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