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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: "Honorable Raymond Radabe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 09:51:24 +0100
Subject: Urgent Response Needed

Dear Friend
I hope my email meets you well. My name is Honorable. Raymond Radabe I am in a top Politician here in Nigeria , I have some amount of funds that I have moved out of the Country to a private vault in Europe.
Right now, I need a good partner someone I can trust, The funds will be sent to you through Diplomatic means and you will take 30% out of it and keep 60%. which i will be investing in an estate there in your country under your guidance. while you will use 10% of it to ship your products, It is 100% risk free and Details will be giving to you, in our next correspondence.
Honorable Raymond Radabe

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