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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: "Mrs.Sarel Joseph" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:42:30 -0800
Subject: Response To Him Urgent

Hello dear,

I did not forget your past effort to assist me, now I'm happy to
inform you that I have succeeded in getting those funds transferred in
a new partner's account. Now Contact my secretary ask him for
($6.8Million) for your compensation. His name is Mr.Paul Mooren and
his Email:( ) or call him +2349033077669
contact him urgent he will sent you an ATM CARD on his bank Called
United Bank Of Africa .do not contact me again because i am busy with
my new partner here in Nigeria.

Reconfirm your full information to him to avoid any mistake ok.



Mrs.Sarel Joseph

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