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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. Danladi Kifasi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 23:18:13 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope you are doing good. Regards to your Overdue Fund Payment Transaction, I have decided to make this direct approach to you in order not to let it be as if I have anything in mind against you since I didn't hear from you or your partners again.

I do not know if you have asked yourself why each time the release of these fund is approved, all of a sudden,, the payment will be stopped or one problem or the other will come up. If you have not asked this question or you do not know, this is an opportunity for me to tell you the TRUTH why you have not been able to receive your Longer Overdue Contract/Inheritance Fund and what need to be done so that you will finally receive and have access to your fund without any further issue. Call me or get back to me with your Private Email address for MORE REVELATION.


Mr. Danladi Kifasi

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