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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: "Jean Edo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:35:53 -0000
Subject: Good Day.

Good Day.
I need your urgent business assistance in transferring an abandoned sum of($7.500,000 Million) Dollar left by a deceased customer of my bankimmediately to your account within 10 to 14 banking days. If you are interested and ready to partake inthis great business opportunity,kindly get back to me for more details onhow the business will be executed and also note that you will receive 45%of the abovementioned amount if you agree to help me execute this business pls reply me back with my private email addrees(
Your Full Name:________________
Your Country:____________
Your city: _______________
Your occupation:__________
Your age :________________
Your sex :________________
Your Private Phone no:___________ for further confidential details about the said fund.
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.
Best regards
Mr.Jean Edo

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