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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: "Austine David." <"www.">
Reply-To: "Austine David." <>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 16:55:20 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Dear customer,

Dear customer,

Your $75.5 Million USD under our custody which your first payment of Us$20.000 00 will been transferred, you have to contact Barrister Mr Austine David, Hall the Money Gram Manager and ask him to give you the details of the payment once
you reconfirmed him your details ASAP.

1Your First Name..........
2Your Second Name.........
3Your Country...........
4Your City..............
Home Address: Occupation: Cell Phone Country: Age:
Contact:Barrister Mr Austine David

Contact .Mr Austine David,immediately through his above email address to give you Sender Name & Question and Answer to pick up your money today and let me know when you confirm it all.Sorry if you received this letter in your spam, is
due to recent connection error here in the country.

Thank you,
Mr Austine David.

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