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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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Fraud email example:

From: robertbrown <"www.">
Reply-To: robertbrown <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 07:49:43 +0900 (JST)
Subject: i AM MR Robert brown.The white house delivery agent

ii AM MR Robert brown.The white house delivery agent and i am writing to information you. About your Bank cheque draft brought by united embassy from the government of Benin republic in the white house Washington d.c. . The check have been mandated to be delivered to your address. as soon as you get back to me with the following details. Home address ....................... cell phone number................... cell or message me once you read off my Email(208)417_3382) Thank for your understanding

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