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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: "EDWARD ANDREW" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 10:50:54 -0800
Subject: Your ATM VISA card payment worth of $2,500,000.00 USD

Dear Friend Ans Partner

I want you to contact my secretary,his name is Mr JOHNSON OBA and his
email address( His Contact Phone(+22998850982 or
+22998751034) Arrange with him on how the total sum of ($2,500,000.00 USD
ATM VISA CARD) will reach you safely which i have
already kept for your compensation, from all the past efforts.

Regard From,


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