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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.Stevie Graham" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 02:44:31 +0700
Subject: =?utf-8?B?Y29tcGVuc2F0aW9uIHBheW1lbnQg4oKsMzVNaWxsaW9u?=

This is to inform you that your compensation payment €35Million has been
Approved today pay the USA government You are to provide your below
banking information to enable the transfer commence Bank Name: Bank
Address: Account Name: Account Number: IBAN Or Routing code: Swift Code:
am waiting to hear from you with your full details Regards Mr.Stevie

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