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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: "Rose Bell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 02:27:18 -0700

Be informed that all pending Payment
in this office will be cancelled and diverted to a Government
account next week according to instruction of Apex Board,

Your total funds amount of US$10.5 Million were included since
you are unable to pay the service handler charges.

We hereby urge you to proceed to claim your funds or stand a chance of
losing them completely

Remember to reconfirm your full details to avoid any wrong payment

Full Name___________________________________________

Sex ___________________________________________


Home Address____________________________________________

Cell phone number:___________________________________________



Contact the below email if you are ready to comply with the needed charge
which is the sum of $110 only. here is the email to contact.

Email: (

Your urgent reply is appreciated. Thanks For Your Co-operation. We Are
Here To
Serve You Better. Yours In Service

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