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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: "Dr. Christopher Brown" <>
Reply-To: "Dr. Christopher Brown" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:28:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good Day My Friend.

Dear Friend,

It is my wish to solicit your assistance in claiming the sum of $15,600,000.00 belonging to our late customer, he was drilling contractor with some Oil Companies here in west Africa. Your assistance will be of great benefit to both of us since I cannot achieve this without your support, therefore your cooperation will be appreciated to claim this fund from the bank as the rightful next of kin after which you will be eligible for 40% of the fund, while 60% will be mine.

Your's Sincerely,
Dr. Christopher Brown

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