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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. AHMED" <>
Date: Sat, 08 Jun 2019 10:02:21 -0700

Good day, My name is Mr.Mohamed Abdul am Financial Consultant, one of my cl=
ient have interest in Investing in your country into a Joint venture Agreem=
ent. Kindly contact me via my email: if you are interested so that we can t=
alk more. amount from $50MillionUSD REPLY HERE: abdulahmed542999999@gmail.c=
om I await your response ,we can use the part of the money for export REPLY=
furnish me with bellow details 1,full name 2,address 3,cell phone number 4=
,company name 5,your position in the company Regards, Mr.Mohamed Abdul

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