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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: "MRS. AMELIA KONAN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 03:23:17 -0700

Dear Sir/Madam Good Morning. I am Mrs. Amelia Konan I am very sick and admitted in the hospital bed permanently without no movement as i need to go in for surgical operation. Please can you help me to receive $5M FIVE MILLION DOLLARS for investment in your country. I want my part to go to charities through you for the good work of the Lord, and to help the motherless, less privileged, Orphans and widows? I will give you details as soon as i hear from you. Please reply with out delay. God bless you and your family. Mrs.Amelia Konan.

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