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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: Monica Smith <"MMM.">
Reply-To: Monica Smith <>
Date: Thu, 18 May 2017 08:13:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: HI

Greetings. Hope you have not forgetting me. am a young girl who contacted you some time ago to assist me when am trying to move my late father's fund to your country of resident. i write to inform you that have finally conclude the transaction with the help of an Indian partner Mr Moses. we strike the ministry of finance and everything was perfectly done.meanwhile i do not forget your past effort made then even though it seems to fail some how, i have left a bank check with a pastor in Ivory Coast valued $300.000.00US on your behalf. contact him on below email address ( and indicate him on how you wish to receive this check and please let me know as soon as you have receive the it

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