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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: "Aaron Heslehurst" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 02:27:57 -0700
Subject: HELLO

With sincere pleasure from the Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) for the N=
ational Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, you have been honored to be i=
nformed that we have reconciled with our logistic department on the reimbur=
sement of some fund spent by you during the cause of your inadequate dealin=
gs with some impostors who claim to be staff in banks and other regional pa=
yment centers. Your personal email address was found in a personal computer=
of one suspected fraudster in our detention (Real Name: John, Segun George=
) sending your emails with fake identities.You are hereby selected one vict=
im due to unawareness for this payment approval worth $4,000,000.00 (four m=
illion united state dollars) which you are to acknowledge the receipt of th=
is mail in returning the required below to the Logistic Department by email=
listed below for immediately release of your above stated compensated fund=
s so that there will be no mistake while delivering your funds to your home.
Your Full Name:
Home Address:
Home/Cell Phone:
Scanned Copy Of Identification Card.
Reply to your payment agent:
NAME: Wayne Salzgaber
ng your ATM card/Cashier Check is $1305 but because DHL have temporarily di=
scontinued the C.O.D which gives you the chance to pay when package is deli=
vered for international shipping. We had to sign contract with them for bul=
k shipping which makes the fees reduce from the actual fee of $1305 to $525=
nothing more and no hidden fees of any sort! You are to pay just $525 only=
for the shipment of your package to you, in this case, email Mr Salzgaber =
Aaron Heslehurst.

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Access to this message by anyone else is unauthorized. If received in error=
, please accept our apologies and notify=20
the sender immediately. You must also delete the original message from your=
machine. If you are not the intended=20
recipient, any use, disclosure, copying, distribution or action taken in re=
liance of it, is prohibited and may be=20
unlawful. The information, attachments, opinions or advice contained in thi=
s email are not the views or opinions of=20
Harare Institute of Technology, its subsidiaries or affiliates. Although th=
is email and any attachments are believed=20
to be free of any virus or other defects which might affect any computer or=
IT system into which they are received,=20
no responsibility is accepted by Harare Institute of Technology and/or its =
subsidiaries for any loss or damage arising=20
in any way from the receipt or use thereof.=20

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