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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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Fraud email example:

From: Darren and Helen <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 17:43:41 +0200
Subject: Its Important.......Need Your Help Now..

Good day

I want you to stand as our / next of Kin to retrieve our inheritance from the Delivery Person who is already in the USA.the consignment containing $5.5 million United State Dollars, by my late parent.

I need your assistance to retrieve the fund from the Delivery Person and transfer the fund to your Bank as our God loving parent . And you will invest the fund on properties in your country urgently.

You will be required to.

(1) Assist us in putting the fund in a safe Bank
(2) Advise us on lucrative areas for investment
(3) Assist us in purchase of properties.
(4) Assist us to continue our education and to start a better life over

If you can render your assistance in this regard, 35% of the total investment sum will be for you, as your commission. And %15 of any expensive incur in the process of retrieving our Funds.It will be done under a legitimate process.

I wait in your reply and co-operation.


Darren and Hellen

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