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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. Harrison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 04:17:25 -0700

Compliment of the day, I know that this letter must come to you as a
big surprise, but I believe it is only a day that people meet and
become great friends and business partners. I got your mail through my
private search and out of desperation I decided to reach you through
this medium.
My name is Mr.Donald Harrison a banker, and an account officer to late
Aquade Roger an Indian property magnate, he was a successful business
mogul and an owner of the biggest computer assemblage in Nigeria and
black Africa but died in Dana Airline Crash of Sunday June 3, 2012
along side with his company manager in Africa.
Please reply back with your below informationís for full details and
for website of the crash site for your perusal and for us to proceed:
1. Your full name, Your home/office address, Your working mobile phone number
and land phone number, Your age and occupation
I await your urgent reply
Mr. Donald Harrison

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