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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.James Attah." <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mr.James Attah." <>
Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:59:26 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please get back to me as soon as possible.


My name is Mr James Attah, and i am from Benin Republic in West Africa

Sir i want to inform you that i have concluded and won my case against my devilish uncle who wanted to collect the

assets and my inheritance funds my father left for me.

Now i am planning to come over to your country with some large sum of money for an investment.

However, i do not know any investor in your country whom i may trust to handle the business for me as i am a foreigner.

Secondly, i am afraid of bringing in a large amount of money to your country.Could you please indicate your interest to work with me for this purpose,Although, I am in need of your response to this arrangement to enable me find out the amount someone can bring into your country,but i am planning to bring the sum of USD$5,500.000(Five million five hundred thousand US Dollars)to your country & for the investment,

Confirm to me if this amount will not attract a high task toll & also negotiate your commission with me so that we can kick start this business investment immoderately,Meanwhile i am making arrangement with a Diplomat who will deliver this inheritance Funds to you in your country of residence after hearing from you,

Please contact me on this my email address (

Sir kindly confirm this below information's to me so that the diplomat will reach you as soon as he arrives your country

for the delivery of this investment funds to you & that is after hearing from you soonest,

1.Full Name…………...................

2.Residential Address……........




5.Direct Telephone Numbers:.....

6.Nearest Airport.............................

Please get back to me as soon as possible.

Waiting your quick mail,

I thank you for your co-operation,

Mr James Attah,

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