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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: Mrs Agnes Robert <>
Reply-To: Mrs Agnes Robert <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 21:58:07 +0900 (JST)

My Greetings
I am Miss. Agnes Jenet  Robert. I am the daughter of late Mr. James Robert. I am 25 years old, I am contacting you for an investment which I want to establish in your country under your care. I inherited the sum of $9.5Million from my late father and I want to invest this fund in overseas for security reason.Please provide me with your full name and your home address and your direct telephone numbers and tell me the area you will prefer to invest the funds.
God bless you.
Miss. Agnes Jenet Robert.

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