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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: Miss Mary Franson <>
Reply-To: Miss Mary Franson <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 19:12:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello dear, I am miss Mary Franson in seek of your partnership assistance and support to relocate for study and investment project in your country. I hope to receiving your quick response to my mail in knowing the business rules that guide your country for safe investment. Have a blessed days as i expect your response Asa! With best regards Miss Mary Franson

With best regards
Miss Mary Franson

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