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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:

Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:37:07 +0200
Subject: Get Paid $10,000. Here is How:

It would be like having a roadmap that tells you exactly where you need to go and what you need to do, without any question marks.
If you had a map like that, I bet you’d start taking every money making opportunity that you could.
Here’s the crazy part.
During this short video, I’m going to show you exactly how to do this.
I’m going to give you the roadmap, and you’re going to start making more money than you ever thought possible.

Here is your quickest way to $10,000 profits. Guaranteed.

Click here to find out:

can’t lose with this. However hurry because the link might expire soon and you will miss it!

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