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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: "Barr.Michael Tudon Jr" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Barr.Michael Tudon Jr" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:30:03 +0900 (JST)

We wish to inform you that your over due Inheritance compensation fund which we have agreed to pay you in fiscal cash, that the fund is already sealed and packaged with a security proof box the sum of $11.7 million usd, and your package is in Miami International Airport Florida USA, conveyed
by Int'l diplomatic agent Mr.David Touch,he is currently in airport with your consignment.

Quickly contact him with your full information, name, resident address, phone number, name of your nearest airport, for him to locate your home with your package, forward your full information to his,
Name:Mr David Touch,Phone:+1(321)3287849.
Text him only for immediate delivery of your package.

Barr.Michael Tudon Jr.

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