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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 vice president USA <"www.">
Reply-To: mike pence vice president USA <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:56:17 +0900 (JST)
Subject: assigned by the president donald trump..... overdue fund released

assigned by the president donald trump..... overdue fund released today

i am mike pence, and i am writing to inform you about your atm card 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 atm card

eighteen million united states dollars $18,000,000,00usd 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 rochas jesus

also reconfirm your details for the atm card delivery by filling the form below and send it immediately for prompt collection of your fund.

fill the form below:

1. full names :
2. residential address :
3. mobile number:
4. fax number :
5. occupation :
6. sex :
7. age :
8. nationality :
9. country :
10. marital status :

accept my hearty congratulation again!

yours sincerely,
mr mike pence
vice-president usa
1600 pennsylvania ave nw, washington, dc 20500, united states

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