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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: "Col. Perry Scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 04:37:12 -0800
Subject: TESTING


My name is Perry Cole, I do hope you are doing well today I would like to have an urgent & important discussion with you. So Kindly reply to this email address so that i can send the detail of what i wish to discuss with you. thanks and i wait your reply or contact me at the email below

Perry Cole
CEO-Bena Properties(cham holding).

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