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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: Mrs Rose Johnson <".765.WWW.">
Reply-To: Mrs Rose Johnson <>
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:25:37 +0900 (JST)

Attention My Dear Customer

I write to inform you that the diplomat has arrived MIAMI International Airport 2days ago with your consignment Box, His Name is
Diplomat MR. YOUNG MARTIN. Please Email Him your Full address And Mobile Number on how to reach to your Door Step including your
Identity Proof that will help him for smooth delivery,

Contact him with your full Information Below.

Your Name_______________
Your Country_____________
Mobile phone No____________
Your home address___________
Nearest Airport______________

Don't let him know the content because it contains 3.5M US Dollars

His contact E-mail ( )

Best Regard
Mrs Rose Johnson

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