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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: "Diamond Admin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:28:43 -0800
Subject: E-mail User,

Ref Number: DILUK/2GM/3566
Batch Number: DIAMOND-ENGINE0663
Dear Fortunate E-mail User,

We the Diamond Foundation humanitarian lottery team are happy to inform you that your E-mail address has just won you the sum of 1,500,000 GBP in our end of the year online sweepstakes organized by the Diamond Foundation Int'l.
Please contact this email address: ( for more details on how you are to claim your cash prize

Best Regards
Diamond Foundation Int'l.
Promo Email:

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