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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs.Paavo Lipponen"<>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 22:03:44 +0200
Subject: Attention Please

I am Mrs.Paavo Lipponen,wife to Mr.Paavo Lipponen a Finland political Party=
Leader.The name of his party is (SDP). Social Democratic Party of Finland.
My husband was murdered in 2009 by the political party named Kok National =
Coalition Party - (Kansallinen Kokomuus). from the ruling political party i=
n the country.
He was Prime Minister of Finland from 1995 to 2003,[1] and Chairman of the=
Social Democratic Party of Finland from 1993 to 2005. He also served as Sp=
eaker of the Parliament of Finland from 2003 to 2007[2] and was his party's=
nominee in the 2010 Finnish presidential election but received only 6.7% o=
f the votes,[3] making it the biggest defeat the Social Democratic Party ha=
s ever had in Finnish Presidential elections.[4].
After his death,our family treasure and assets have being seized by the go=
vernment.stricter measures placed to make life miserable for me and my chil=
Reluctantly,Now all the money are in the bank am looking for who will help=
me get it out with his name and account number so i we can know what to do=
. =

I have relocate to a remote location to escape the attacks from the govern=
ment.I write you because of our last family deposit in a bank in your Count=
ry .
I have discussed with the manager who promised to assist me have the money=
out of Finland bank asked me to present someone outside Finland to receiv=
e this fund for us.also,the bank said i need to change the account name fro=
m my family name to your name so that the government will not dictate it.=20

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