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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: "Grace Komara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2018 23:09:04 -0000
Subject: Greetings

My Dear,

Thanks for your attention and I pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval.I am a deaf girl My name is Miss.Grace Komara . I'm 23 years old and the only daughter of my Late Father. I humbly write to seek for your partnership and assistance in the transfer and investment of my inheritance funds amount Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States of American Dollars (US$10,500,000.00) from my late father who died mysteriously. I wait your response for more details. I will offer you 30% of the money.

Your urgent response will be appreciated.
Best Regards
Miss Grace Komara

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