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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:

Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 09:58:10 +0000
Subject: your compensation

My good friend

I am happy that the Inheritance Fund I contact you last time has been
transferred to another partner account in Paraguay. Please contact my

secretary, Mrs Aisha Muhammad with below address for your
compensation, as I promised you. Email:

( Ask her to send you the total sum of
$950.000.00 which I kept for your compensation in cashier ATM card or

transfer for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this
matter. Thanks for your help, You are advised to fill this information
and you

forward it to my secretary with this below;
(1) your full name..............
(2) your house address............
(3) your phone number............
(4) your passport.................
(5) your country...................

Best regards,

Dr James Williams

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