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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. MOHAAMED" <>
Date: Sun, 08 Sep 2019 06:10:35 -0700

Good Friend My name is Mohamed Abdul i am a retired petroleum director with=
our national petroleum cooperation nnpc,i have a contract over invoicing o=
f fifty million united dollars{$50.000.000} in my ministry now ready,i need=
your details for next of kin for the contract,the original contract is in =
asylum camp,we agree for me to look for a trusted person to transfer the co=
ntract certificate to your name as the beneficiary transfer,we are ready to=
give %30 we will use your name to move this funds,two the directors that a=
re involved has agreed before i contact you,kindly send me bellow informati=
on,i will send you all documents by dhl to sigh when is ready before money =
transfer. I await your response here: 1,full =
name 2,address 3,cell phone number Regards, Mohamed Abdul=20

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