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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: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 11:00:33 +0900
Subject: Earn money

Hi info,
There is couple ways how you can earn money on the internet.

Let's sum up the TOP3:
1) Video blogs - this is a new trend, you make videos and make money.
Here is an example of video that can make you money.
2) Investing on the markets. I personally used this system and it was working for me: go there.
3) Find a unique thing and promote it. That will make you famous.

So this is it.

Check one of those and make the best out of it.
I have tested a lot of things, websites so you don't have to do it yourself

Noah Alvarez

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