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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 Jimmy Hayes Supervisor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:16:00 -0400
Subject: New Schedule To Deliver Your Consignment.

Hello Good-Morning! We had just arrived in Tulsa Int'l Airport, Oklahoma Usa with your 2 Consignment Merchandise valued $6.7Million, confirm he details below reply by sms Tel +1(320)-432-4028 Mr Malcus Holmes

1. Your Full Name:
2. Your Full Current Address:
3. Your Direct Mobile Numbers
Your Occupation:.
5. Your Age::
6. A Scan Copy of Driving license or passport for Identity:

E-mail Address ( )

Mr Jimmy Hayes

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