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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: "ABDUL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:55:45 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY? CALL ME +234 9078338175

how are you,my name is mr mohammed abdul,i have $10,000,000,00 in london  right now money for investment
if you are imterested call me is an inheritance fundsi
shearing 60/40, for  information after negociation and we have a comon understanding we can
move the box to your nominated address,please send as follows
full name
cell phone number
company name if any?
if you are interested call me or sms be your are interested +44 7978226435

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