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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 Abisilah Watts" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:27:01 -0700

Dear Friend,

Since i waited so long without hearing from you regarding your confirm able draft worth of $900.000.00,I went ahead and cashed the money and registered itwith Trans world courier service as box of African clothes with instruction to deliver it to you upon your contact to their office,I am leaving today to
another country for three months course.You can contact them now to avoid them delaying with the box.

Bear in mind that i have paid all the charges they requested,Both mailing charges and insurance.All you need to do is to pay their security keeping fee of $49USD,I would have paid it before leaving but they insisted that it will be paid by you since they don't know when you will be contacting them.Below is
their contact details remember that I registered it as African clothes do not allow them know that it content its money if not they may delay you more and
charge you more know that the only money you are supposed to pay them is the keeping fee of $49USD:

Contact Person : Jean. A. Asogba
Email Address :
phone : +234 8138083314

Remember to reconfirm your postal address to them and you can update me as soon as you receive the draft via email. Regards,

Mrs Abisilah Watts

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