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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: "Dr. Rodriguez Longoria" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 02:40:38 +0100

Attention please,
We have received the check from the bank last week and kept the check with Mrs. Rita Williams as we discussed, Please email her immediately inorder to send you the cheque. I am in Colombia now. I kept USD$7.5millions cashier check will send you the rest of money after my business trip here. I sent you so many emails last week but all bounced back.
Mrs. Rita Williams
Text (202) 855-7432
So contact Mrs. Rita Williams with her below email address for her to send the check to you:( ) or text her at (202) 855-7432 Thanks and do let me know when you have received it.
Best Regards
Dr. Rodriguez Longoria.

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