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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: "James Alison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 May 2017 12:28:02 -0700

I am Mr. James Alison from Nigeria, West Africa. Please confirm to me if you can protect the sum of US$25,500.000 (Twenty five Million five hundred thousand United States Dollars) if it is handed over to you as my foreign partner.

Kindly respond and email me your full names, age, sex, contact address, private telephone number and your type of occupation. After I receive your letter of interest, I will tell you the origin of FUNDS and I will also explain further about the transaction to you for your better understanding.

I await your response on my private email address:

Mr. James Alison

PHONE: +2348132545219

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