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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. Harry Smith" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 20:55:52 +0200
Subject: Fund Release Notification $7.5Million54

You are advice to provide us with your full information for release of the fund to you, Send us your full name address and phone numbers as listed below. Your First Payment of 5000usd will be release to you via Western union by Herbert Edward today once you reconfirm your full details to him.

1. Your Full Name?
2. Your Address?
3. Cell / Mobile Number?
4. Your Age?
5. Your Country?

Harry Smith

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