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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: "Mr Ekpo Nta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2017 13:07:11 +0100

Attention scam victim, you have been compensated with $3.5 Million kindly send your name, address and cell number for claim. Regards Mr.Ekpo Nta

"Nota de descargo: La información contenida en esta comunicación es confidencial, puede estar sujeta a privilegios legales, puede constituir información interna, y sólo está dirigida al uso del destinatario. El uso, retención, difusión, divulgación o copia de esta comunicación sin la autorización de PROINMOBILIARIA S.A. está estrictamente prohibida y puede ser contraria a la ley. La compañía no asume responsabilidad sobre la información, opiniones o criterios contenidos en este correo electrónico. .----PROINMOBILIARIA S.A.------"

PROINMOBILIARIA S.A. y su departamento de sistemas
le informa que este mensaje ha sido analizado por MailScanner
en busca de virus y otros contenidos peligrosos,
y se considera limpio.
MailScanner agradece a transtec Computers por su apoyo.

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