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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: "hilary daniels" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 23:56:02 -0000
Subject: Can you receive USD$42.8 Million Dollars and be compensated with 30% of it ?

Dear Sir / Madam,

My name is Hilary Brouu Daniels. I am 16 years old and the only child of late Mr James Brouu Daniels and Mrs Angela Brouu Daniels . Sometimes the urgency of a letter could determine the channel in which it is sent, this letter is very urgent and important and the fastest channel to reach you is via your email address.

Can you receive USD$42.8 Million Dollars and be compensated with 30% of it ? Send your names, phone, fax number and age then you will be fully briefed on the nature of the transaction.

Awaiting your quick response.

Reply back to this email address.

Yours truly,
Hilary Brouu Daniels .

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