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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Paul Green" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 10:45:04 -0800
Subject: UPDATE

Hi Your Urgent Reply is Need Because we Find Your Consignment here in our office at the international airport and That You Are The Owner Of The consignment which worth The Sum Of $10.500.000.00 Million Us Dollar and your delivery agent is presently at the International Airport. You are to confirm to us the information below for the delivery. 1.your full name 4.home address number 6.a copy of your id card contact Louis Carlos your delivery agent on (915)-229-3040) Mr.Paul Green

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