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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.Malarcodi Shanker" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:31:45 -0000
Subject: Your Response

I am Malarcodi Shanker.I have an transaction that might interest you,this arose from the Government of Malaysia reserve vault under our care, from which we pay both Indigenous and foreign executed contract and Sub contract Payments. I need you to stand as a successor to the sum of $20,000.000.00 (Twenty, Million United States Dollars.

All modalities are in place to register it as a diplomatic Sub contract payment, which shields it from unnecessary stop orders from several international fund transfer regulatory and monitoring agencies, that usually place holds on huge fund transfer in order to request a certain percentage of the fund as fund transfer certification clearance.

l advise you to send the following details below to my private email:
A: Your Full name B: Your House Address C: Your direct telephone number D: Age E: Occupation.F: Gender.

Mr.Malarcodi Shanker.

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