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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: "Executive Governor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 00:22:34 -0800

Dear Esteemed Customer,
Your immediate over invoice,contract Inheritance Lottery payment with contract file number /FGN/PTF/407/2016) AV/NNPC/FNG? Valued for 25.5M has been released today Reply immediately for more details to enable us pay you Kindly reconfirm as follows: Your 1.Full Name 2.Residential Address 3.Age 4, Occupation 5. Direct Telephone Numbers for transfer include  your details as soon as you receive this email Your immediate respond is urgently Needed.
Reply to
Best Regards
Mr. Godwin Emefiele

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