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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: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 03:02:06 +0900
Subject: Hello dear friend,

Hello dear friend,
i am Kungi Nelson,i am contacting you to transfer an abandoned Two Million, Six Hundred Thousand Euros qbqndoned by our late customer,late Engineer Henry Kuminski,i seek to present you to the Financial security company where this money is deposited as the next of kin since my search for the relatives is unsuccessful,This money will be moved in cash through diplomatic means to your country or any country of your choice, you will receive it on my behalf at the airport on arrival or at your appointed destination , we share 40% for you 60% for me,if you have the ability to handle this transaction with me, contact me immediately through my private email ( or you call my cell +22899421641

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