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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: Abdi <>
Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 04:50:26 +1200
Subject: My email?


I am very sorry I have to reach you through this medium,I was browsing
on the net through today, when i come across your
Name/email address, so i decided to contact you

My reason of contacting you,is because i am looking for a trustworthy
person that i can present to my office as his next of kin/business
partner of my deceased claim,help to claim unclaimed US$5.3M insurance
payout.Thereafter we can share it.

IF YOUR INTERESTED, Reply with your full name for more info.


Abdi Halane

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