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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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Fraud email example:

From: Mr John Hartwell <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:30:48 GMT
Subject: My Name Is Mr. John Hartwell

My Name Is Mr. John Hartwell
Dear Good Friend
My Name Is Mr. John Hartwell, I am a banker in (Coris international bank Burkina Faso) I want to transfer an abandoned sum of 25.5 millions USD to your account. 50% will be for you. No risk involved. Contact me for more details. Kindly reply me back.
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 Mr. John Hartwell
+226 75 34 23 83

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