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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: "Mr. Jack Jordan" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 11:01:11 -0600
Subject: Lottery Draw!

you have been awarded the lump sum of £12 000.000.00 (Twelve Million Pounds) and your email address that Won the Draw and was gotten through United Kingdom Information Network Online (U.K.I.N.O) which is affiliated with the Internet. so please contact your claims manager with details below and also provide him with the requested information so that he can expedite the processing on your winning payment.


Mr. Jack Jordan
Claims Manager
Foreign Claims Department,
Tel: +44 704 573 6923
Fax: +44 870 471 9707

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