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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:26:38 -0500
Subject: Urgent message,

Urgent message,

Don’t be amazing on how I got your email address, and I actually got your contact from your country website and i decided to contact you and to share my success with you. With the faith I have in you and I strongly believe and trust you that you will not betray neither denied me whenever this fund is been finally transferred into your destination bank account. And again, I want you to know that I inherited this money from my late Father and my father was working with the (Iamgold Company), his responsibilities then includes awarding and signing of contracts for the purchases of drilling equipment and raw materials to the IAMGOLD Company, by companies and government from different parts of the countries.

Through over invoiced and bulk purchases that my late father made this sum of (US$15 Million) and he deposited with my name which I now want to transfer to any trustworthy account outside this country. I shall then provide you with further information and modalities that will help you understand the transaction for directives to our success. It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to transfer this fund into your foreign account.

This fund could still be transferred into it for safe keeping afterward I will pay a visit to your country for the sharing of the fund, and our onward investment in your country or if you can come over here in person to witness this transaction by yourself. You should contact me with Email address as follow E-mail: ( and upon your response, I am waiting further to hear from you.

Thanks and best regards,
Mr.Nonni Harouna

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