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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.;Raymond Jimenez " <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.;Raymond Jimenez " <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:42:55 +0900 (JST)
Subject: call me or sms (785) 318-7664

Our delivery agent has arrived in Fort Worth International Airport Dallas Texas) USA, with your ATM VISA CARD worth $5.9 U D {five million nine hundred thousand dollars }His name is Raymond Jimenez -mail him ( Cell Phone call ((785) 318-7664)or Sms
And contact him with you full information bellow
Your name;;;;;;
Your Home address;;;;and your nearest airport to him so that he will deliver the ATM VISA CARD to you as son as


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