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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 John Anthony" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2018 09:37:17 -0700
Subject: RE:Thanks with great regards to your family

Dear Sir,
Good morning how are you and your family doing. I have very good business opportunity that will help both of us. I will like you to get back to me for more information, this business opportunity involve the sum of ( $40.000.000USD ) $40 Million United State Dollars Only get back to me for more information this is my email address
I await your urgent response.
Thanks with great regards
Mr John Anthony

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