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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. Ken" <>
Date: Sun, 20 May 2018 15:25:42 -0700
Subject: NOTICE !s!

Dear Receiver

How are you doing?

Your Compensation Fund which is currently estimated at $1,000,000.00 (One
Million United States Dollars) has been approved by the BHC/FCA. After the
last survey/draw your e-mail ID was randomly selected among those to
receive this Fund.

You are advice to select from the options below, the means by which you
will like to receive your Fund:

(2) Bank Transfer

(3) Bank Draft


Feel free to contact me for further explanation via my official email at ( )

Mr. Ken Etuh.

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