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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Cassell Harrison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:33:27 +0200
Subject: Business Interest

Mr. Cassell Harrison
Tel: +27-631453756

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Cassell Harrison the director and coordinator of Finance and Contract Department of Minerals and Energy with South African Government. The crux of this letter is that the finance and contract department of the DME deliberately over-inflated the contract values, I do believe that the deal will benefit both of us, if you will be interested please indicate by responding via email so I can give you more details.

Mr. Cassell Harrison
Tel: +27-631453756

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