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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.John Wilson" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.John Wilson" <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2017 07:42:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: URGENT ATTENTION CUSTOM AUTHORITY .... For more information Call
or text (219) 354-4538


Dear Sir/Madam,

This is to inform you that your BANK DRATF of $10.5 Million USA Dollars we stop now from delivering to your home address, you are to pay $80 for Custom stamp and clearance certificate. Attach is your copy of your BANK DRATF

Reconfirm your full delivery detail to avoid any mistake

1. Your full name......
2. Current home address.....
3. Direct phone Number.......
4. A copy of your ID Card.....

Note, you have only 24 hours to pay the fee or your fund will be transfer to Government Treasure as on unclaimed fund. Get Back to us,

For more information Call or text (219) 354-4538

Custom on Duty

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