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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: "Mr. Perry Leman Koma" <"GM.">
Reply-To: "Mr. Perry Leman Koma" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 09:39:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please indicate this code (002xt)

The sum of $1.7 USD has been forwarded to you My work partner has helped me to
send the $3,500 to you via MG every day, So contact Money Gram Agent Mr.Perry
Koma at,( This is your first (MTCN)is
available #(69133972)senders name (Isaiah Ike),for the first transfer he made
to you, And Ask him to give you the other information, contact him with your
full name, Andres,City, Country,phone no and ur age,to pick the $3,500 today
Your total amount with him is $1.7 USD, ask him what you need to do to enable
them validate your account file.please indicate this code (002xt) to Money Gram
agent so that they will know that you're the right person. Best Regards Mrs.
Shantal Giani

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