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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: "Dr. Jerry Smith" <"Jerrymith.">
Reply-To: "Dr. Jerry Smith" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:56:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Good News

Good Day

This is to inform you that the diplomat that is conveying your consignment box
that worth $7.7 million USD is on her way to your country. So contact
her with this email address.... ( ) Call
or Text her on +1 (214) 856-7698 and note her your nearest Airport.

Name, home address, phone number.

Please make sure you reply her on this e-mail address ( )
Call or Text her on this number +1 (214) 856-7698 to complete your delivery today ok.

Best regard
Dr.Jerry Smith

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