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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. Abraham Rodas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:38:07 -0700
Subject: Re: Waiting for your response asap.

My dear friend,
I am Abraham Rodas,I work as a Business Relationship Manager with one of
the banks in Dubai,the United Arab Emirate.
I am contacting you with regards to a discreet and lucrative sensitive
business venture available to my knowledge by virtue of my position in
the Bank as a head of department.
I will furnish you with further exclusive and of course, confidential details once I receive your
affirmation response.
Yours Faithfully,
Abraham Roda

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