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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: "Mrs. Maria" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 05:17:01 -0400
Subject: Dear Friend. My private email address is (

I am Mrs. Maria, the Head of file Department in Bankof Africa. I seek your assistance and I am assured of your capability tochampion this business opportunity, to remit the sum of $10.5 million U Sdollars into your account. If you are interested please let me know so that ican send you the full details of this transaction. I agree that 40% of thismoney will be for you, while 10% will be set aside for all expenses incurredduring the business and 50% would be for me. If you are interested to execute thisbusiness with me, you should contact me in my private email and provide me thebelow requested information to avoid any delays, and I will furnish you withmore elaborate information. My private email address is (
(1)Your Name
(2)Your age.........................
(3)Your occupation..................
(4)Your full residential address...............
(5)Your private phone and fax number I await your
prompt response. Bestregards,Email(
call me if you are instrested +226 65 36 97 57

Mrs. Maria

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