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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: "Tony Obot" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 04:59:05 +0100
Subject: Hello,


This is to formally notify you that our agents working at the International Airport, a few hours ago, intercepted a Consignment being registered and shipped under a shipping bill of RELIANCE SECURITY to you. And this Consignment was declared as an Office Documents but was X-rated and discovered they contain as a valued Cash worth of 60 Million USD without proper Interpol affidavit paper from the originating country. YOU HAVE ONLY 24HOURS TO CONTACT THE SENDER BELOW TO PROVIDE THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS SO THAT THE CONSIGNMENT CAN be RELEASE AND DELIVER TO YOU IMMEDIATELY. CONTACT Email: ( NAME: Gen.Campbell S. Johnson,

Thanks and God bless
Yours faithfully

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