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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: "LinkedIn Updates" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:07:50 +0100
Subject: I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn



New Message from Stankovic Petrov  


Nice to meet you, how is everything, hope all is well with you. My name is Philips Anderson (Manager Of Evergreen LLC), I found your contact after reading your profile I am interested in doing business with you. I will like order the items listed below and I also.... Read more




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