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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: "Notification Team" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:47:57 +0100
Subject: ID: 133 - Email Security Alert! (Jan. 2018)


Server Message


Dear User, =

please note that we have temporarily blocked your account because of junk =
mails from your mailbox, some are blacklisted e-mail address, =

so, for your safety and benefit, we temporarily locked your account until =
after verification . =

If you did not get a response verified in the next 48 hours, your email wil=
l be permanently shut down, and deleted from our database.

In other verification reference below will help you do this.

Automatically validate your account now Or your account will be disabled. =

Thank you. =

Email Administrator
Copyright =A9 2018 =

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