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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. Gail Brabin" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Oct 2017 15:49:58 -0700

Dear Friend.

I presume that you are doing ok ,I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting the business concluded, I do not blame you for backing out when it seems difficult,you already made it a success. Well the business was concluded under the help of a new partner from U.K.

Presently I'm in Japan doing investments in real estate with my own share of the funds. Meanwhile I didn't forget all your past efforts,So now that God has helped me to conclude the business transaction successfully and as promised i deposited your part of the funds in the Federal Reserve Bank and left you a message and directions on how to contact the bank.

Please contact the Federal Reserve Bank and ask them for your compensation funds of $1,500,000.00 which I kept for you as your compensation for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in concluding the businesstransaction you and I labored a lot for.

Thank you.

Yours Truly

Mrs. Gail Brabin


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