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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: Mike Pence <"USA.">
Reply-To: Mike Pence <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:55:09 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Assigned By President Donald Trump

Assigned By President Donald Trump

I am Mike Pence, and I am writing to inform you about your Bank Check Draft brought back by the United Embassy from
the government of Benin Republic in the white house Washington DC been mandated to be deliver to your home address once
you reconfirm it with the one we have here with us to avoid wrong delivery of your check draft
Twenty million united states dollars $20,000,000,00usd that was assigned to be delivered to your humble home address
by Honorable president Donald Trump the president of this great country this week by a delivery agent MR Jackson Perez

Also reconfirm your details for the check delivery by filling the form below and send it immediately to our Email
in for verification and for prompt collection of your fund.
Fill The Form Below:

Full Names :
Residential Address
Mobile Number
Fax Number
Nationality :
Country :
Marital Status :
A copy of your ID or passport

Accept my hearty congratulation again!

Yours Sincerely,
vice-president USA
The White House (Official Residence of the President of the US) Email ( 871-5339)
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20500 US) (Official Residence of the President of the US)

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