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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: "Mercedes Benz International Online Lotter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:13:14 -0500

CONGRATULATION! CONGRATULATION!! CONGRATULATION!!! We happily announced that your E-mail Address has been selected among the winners of the Mercedes Benz International Online Lottery Draw 2015. You are now a winner of a brand new "Mercedes Benz c300 4matic 2015" and the grand prize of $4,500,000.00 USD. For easy claim of your winnings, you are simply advice to contact our Claim Agent in Texas Mr Greg Morrison ( can call him on this number or text,(+1-217-922-9227)USA with the below details as stated And you are paying the sum of $375 for the shipment of your ATM MASTER CARD And the Car. NAME: CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS: OFFICE ADDRESS: PHONE NUMBER: OCCUPATION: All necessary information on what to do in receiving your winnings will be treated by our claim agent once contacted by you.NB: Delivery cost is mandatory in claiming your winning. IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO PAY FOR THE SHIPMENT PLEASE DO NOT REPLY BACK Your Mercedes Benz Online Lottery Draw Reference Claim Code: (556682).

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