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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. Robert Ferguson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 09:54:42 +0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary

Dear Beneficiary,
We hereby notify you that your Inheritance compensation payment of $10.5 Million United States dollars was approved and
transfer into ATM Card this morning by U.S Federal Reserve Bank,please contact with your details  ... Full Name .?... Home
Address...?.. Phone Number..?.  for claim immediately as the rightful owner.
It is very urgent you claim.
Best Regards
Mr.  Melvin Cole
Telephone: +2348025243188
Contact Email:

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