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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: Omar Arouna <"www.">
Reply-To: Omar Arouna <>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:26:04 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello my dear,

Hello my dear,

I'am hereby to inform you that your package(consignment box) has be
released by the Homeland Security at SA Int'l airport, and i will like you to
reconfirm your full home address, phone number, nearest airport. Every
necessary arrangement has been made and i will be coming to your home address
with your package as soon as you reconfirm your address details.
I await your urgent reply soon, as it's urgent.

Diplomat Agent
Omar Arouna
SA Int'l airport TX

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