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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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Fraud email example:

From: Zumba Kamara <>
Reply-To: Zumba Kamara <>
Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 14:58:15 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: I'm Mr.Zumba Kamara the operational manager bank of Africa west

 Dear Friend Can you work with me.
I'm Mr.Zumba Kamara the operational manager bank of Africa west Africa.
I want to ask you of a request i want an account in your country so i can transfer the sum of 18 million dollars ,this money belongs to our client who was involved in a coalition of the building in mecca ,Saudi Arabia on Thursday 24 September 2015 together with his next of kin,and i want you to represent as his next of kin so as to transfer the money into your account:This is the website
The man is Mr Humphrey Onix from Canada,and if the money couldn't be claim it will be deposited in the bank treasury,so get to me and i will tell you the account details.
Thanks ,looking forward to hear from you.Mr.Zumba KamaraReply to this email : (

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