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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: JOHN F KELLY <"www.">
Reply-To: JOHN F KELLY <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 22:22:15 +0900 (JST)
Subject: U.S Department of Homeland security

I,m JOHN F KELLY. The secretary of the U.S Department of Homeland security Washington DC United States.
We received a consignment cheque containing a huge amount of Fund about $15 Million USD was brought here to be kept in custody by one Delegate Anderson Curtis of the cyber intelligence unit of the International officer who was assigned to Africa to handle issues involving foreign Beneficiaries being ripped each time they try to make a claim on their inheritance. This was done some months ago which the Agent stated that the consignment belongs to you.

The fund arrived my office today. I want you to kindly reconfirm your information So that arrangement can be made for the delivery of the consignment to your home address.Contact +1 (202 524-1545

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

#Full Name,
#Home Address,
#Nearest Airport
#Cell Phone

The secretary of
the U.S Department of
Homeland security
Washington DC
Office Address:3801 Nebraska Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20016 United States,

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