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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:

Reply-To: MR MIKE BROWN <>
Subject: CC

Attention Please

Am Mr.mike brown,the International diplomatic agent and i was sent from the United Bank Of Africa (UBA) Benin Republic to delivered your ATM MASTER CARD of $15 million us dollars to your destination home address and right now at the City of Corpus Christi, Tx. 78413 USA and i want you to send text message to me now once you received this message and give me all about your information to avoid wrong delivering such as"

Your Name....
Your Address.....
Your Telephone Number....
your country and state...
your email address.......
and the name of the nearest airport to you
text or call me..+12055188837

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