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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: ThirdWorldHAKA <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 15:47:11 +0100
BANKS IN USA..all available now.

Halo. I am DRANKA from slovakia.......Get ur Admin RDP that
allows you to Send AMS without SMTP and it can send up to 10million
emails as long as the rdp work. it know as Local Host. hve shap inbox
smtp,rdp, webmail nd mailer dat goes 1k once, delivas inbox al domain
nd lasted for 1 mont, have fresh updated JULY 2018 directors leads.

Am can also make fund transfa to any bank in usa witout online info acess.
am can create online banking with domain/personalise email address. also
can create nd activate usa number to your mobile line from any destination
in the world. contact me on my email for more info:, we can also chat on hangout or gmail chat.

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