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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: " Mrs.Amanda Lincoln" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:58:31 +0100


Date: July 21. 2018
From The Desk OF
Mrs.Amanda Lincoln,
Information Officer.

Attn: Sir/Madam

We want to let you that your compensation funds will soon be approve
to you.
And also to inform you that we have been working towards the eradication
of fraudsters and scam artists in Africa with the help of the
organization of African unity (OAU) United Nations (UN), European Union
(EU) and international Monetary Fund (IMF) and FBI. We have been able to
track down so many of this scam artist in various parts of African
countries which includes ( Nigeria, Republic of Benin, Ghana, Cameroon
and Senegal) and they are all in Government custody now, they will
appear at international Criminal Court (ICC) Hague (Netherlands) soon
for Criminal/Fraud Justice.

For security reasons, i have to withdraw some information until i hear
back from you, only if you are really one of the victims.

Mrs.Amanda Lincoln
Information Officer

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