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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: "DR. DHIEU MATHOK DIING WOL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2017 07:08:24 -0700

Hello My Dear Friend,
My name is Dr. Dhieu Mathok Diing Wol, a senior officer of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) and also the Minister of Energy and Dams in South Sudan. On the July 14, 2016 I was severely beaten and detained by security personnel loyal to President Salva Kiir.I am seeking for your assistant to help me secure this amount (US$11.5M) so that we can use it for partnership investment in your country for the interest of both pf us.I will detail you all you need to know about me in my next email.If you are interested please respond by swift for full details.
Information's needed:-
1: Your full name,
2: Your Company's name,
3: Your occupation
4: Your Full address
5: Your private telephone number
My Very Best Regard
002119 15000 1888
Disclaimer: This message transmitted with it are confidential and privileged. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender by return e-mail and delete this message from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any dissemination, copy or disclosure of this e-mail is strictly prohibited.

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