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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: "????Misscamara Kafui" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2017 10:44:08 +0000
Subject: Your partnership is required urgently reply to my alternative e-mail;

Compliments of the day

I want to drop you a quick note because I did not hear from you
concerning the information I sent you the other day.I emailed you
earlier since without any response from you.
Can I give you this financial trust as a trustee/stake holder? I will
appreciate it very much.Reply me so that we can go over the details.

Yours truly
From.Misscamara Kafui
Your partnership is required urgently reply to my alternative e-mail;

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