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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: "Mr. Michael Voller" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Aug 2016 02:35:30 -0700
Subject: Important and Urgent Information

Dear Sir.
Greeting to you and your family, My Names are Michael Voller from Nigeria,
the Personal Assistant to the former National Security Adviser (NSA-
Col Sambo Dasuki) to the formal president of Nigeria right in a
trouble, They are funds he deposited with five different names in
banks which the Deposit Certificate are with me as he have directed me
to look for his Business Partner (company owner) who can handle this
fund into a profitable business as he will give the person 50% for
Please if you are interested to assist me send me your mobile number
to enable us communicate or send me email to my private and
confidential email account on
Regard beloved.
Michael Voller.
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