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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: Emaa George <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 22:34:26 +0000

ATTENTION ,I Am Dr Emaa George, A Banker,I have something very
Important to Discuss with you about your inheritance fund left for you
in my bank by A late customer who have the-same last name with you,I
will wait for your urgent responds direct to my e-mail
( I will advice you contact me direct to
my email because am not use to this site,Or you can contact me through
my whatsapp number (+228 906 245 14)For more details.

Mr Emma George

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