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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: "Richard Owonikoko" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 12:06:36 +0300
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,Re.

Dear Sir/Madam,Re.

Greetings to you.I am Richard Owonikoko ,my uncle a serving army General need an experience reliable fund manager who will

manage the sum amount of $350m only for a period of five years.

How ever,if you are capable to receive and invest the fund and can handle it maturely with absolute trust kindly send me

YOUR FULL NAME,COUNTRY,AGE CELL PHONE AND OCCUPATION for further information of the release of
the fund to you.

Richard Owonikoko

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