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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: "Marquel E. Jallo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 14:15:47 -0800

This is the second time am sending you this notification,
please contact our diplomatic agent Mr. Richard Peterson
with your below information

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Phone number:
4. Age:
5. Occupation:

and your nearest airport to land, so that he can deliver your
Atm worth of $12.9 Million usd as he just landed in your country
now but misplaced your information, he will give you more details
when you re-confirm details to him. Your personal code is XLA21492014SD
use this code to the diplomat Richard Peterson, so that he can know that
you are the rightful owner of the Card.

Best regard
Rev.DR Mathew Godwin

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