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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: "Douglas o. pounce" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 17:59:13 -0700

Good day to you, This might come to you as a surprise and also strange based on your past experiences in the hands of scammers and fraudsters who have actually ripped you off of your hard earned money. You might be skeptical about this or how genuine,authentic and legit it might be.

Following a tip off, I was made to understand by the Swiss Bank, money regulatory board and payment Notarization department that you were one of those victims of internet scam, who lost a huge amount of money.

Your name was placed in the western union and money gramm payment data base, of which details of your dealings with them were found amounting to thousands of dollars you sent without achieving what was promised to you. So beware of fraudulent emails originating from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic, South Africa, London,Libya, etc even from the United States of America herself stating of the arrival of A diplomat with your non existing funds, contract, inheritance, lottery or compensation funds.

You might think you are a fool, for falling to there cheap scam,it sounded too good to be true, with all the evidences and fraudulent documents and certificate that were issued to you, you found it difficult to know that it was a huge scam but one thing in life is that good things don't come easy and this is the time for you recover all you have lost.

Right now be informed that you are about to receive a reimbursement payment to recompense you for all you have lost, as I have been authorized to make a seal for your payment from my office here in BRAZIL.

Acknowledge this email so that we can proceed to the re-payment of all you have lost.

Yours in Service,

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