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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: "Michael" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:24:17 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend, I hope this message meets you well,(BAR)

Good Day,

I have a transaction that I believe will legitimately be of mutual benefits to both of us if we can aggree to work togather. kindly Contact me for more details as I want to be sure that my mail got to you personally before I can reveal more. Meanwhile i have written several letters to you without getting your response.

Here is my direct email address where you can communicate with you urgently: (

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Barr. Michael Kent

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