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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: adrian <"info.">
Reply-To: " " <>
Date: Sat, 25 Nov 2017 03:29:46 +0900 (JST)

US$25 Million Has Been Granted To You As A Donation Visit 19254228 For Details And Send Us Your Name, Home Address And Phone Numbers,bank Details ACCOUNT NAME:ACCOUNT NUMBER:BANK NAME: BANK ADDRESS:SWIFT CODE: Routrng No. AccountHolderName; Beneficiary Account home address: Beneficiary Account phone Numbers
Tel No. your accupation and your city text us +1 323 3208 515 at ( ) For More Information.

Best Regard:
Mr. Adrian and Gillian Bayford

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