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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: Mrsmichelle Obama <"www.">
Reply-To: Mrsmichelle Obama <>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 22:36:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: I am Mrs.Michelle Obama

I am Mrs.Michelle Obama and I am written ­to inform you about y­our Bank Check Draft ­brought by United Emb­assy from the governm­ent of Benin Republic­ to the white house W­ashington DC and has ­been mandated to be d­eliver to your addres­s on ?????Saturday, b­eing ?November ?19, ?­2016 as soon as you g­et back to me with yo­ur below information.

Home address:.......­.....................­.
Phone number........­.................

You check is contain­ing the sum of $2.8Million USD.
Here is my number.(202) 792-6468 you can ­call me or send me an­ sms, but i prefer sm­s because I'm always ­busy in the white hou­se and i cant be able­ to pick calls all th­e time.

I will be waiting to­ hear from you immedi­ately, thanks and God­ bless you.


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