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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: "Mr. Komi" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 15 Dec 2017 03:45:33 +0100
Subject: Re: Please Confirm this information : 14:12:2017

Confirm This Information
In response to your mail concerning your funds, Notice Mr. Donald Chase contact me to claim your funds Valued at  $6 MILLION DOLLARS' Saying that you were dead. Please re-confirm to me if you are Alive or dead!
Below his bank details he send to me.
Account Name: Donald J. Chase
Bank Name: First American National Bank
Bank Address: 401 Interchange Drive Fulton, MS 38843
Bank Phone #: 662-862-2333
Account Number: 9515294
Routing Number: 086201069
Account Type: checking account
Notice that his ready to obtain the document needed to release your unpaid fund. Mr. Donald Chase ask me to send him my personal remittances details to make payment for the new Anti drug/terrorist clearance certificate needed to release your funds.  i am a man of my word and my word is my bond. I want to sure before i move ahead with him.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Please contact me here:
God bless you.
Mr. Komi

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