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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: "Henderson Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 10:26:35 -0700
Subject: Hello.

Please read and respond I am a banker, I contacted you on a matter of
GPB 10,5 million, ready to transfer to your account, the depositor of
the said fund is death with all his family during the political crisis
in 2010/2011, together we are going to do the transaction. Leaving
unfortunately No person for the claim.
If you are going to do this transaction with me , we will share 50% /
50 %. If you are interested reply I will give you all the details.
Then Waiting for your response
Sincere greetings,
Henderson Douglas

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