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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: "Den" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:08:26 +0200
Subject: From: Mr. Saint Denis

From: Mr. Saint Denis
Address: Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire

I am contacting you in regards to a business transfer of a huge sum of mon=
ey from a deceased account. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of =
this transaction. =


During our general auditing last week, I discovered an abandoned sum of Ei=
ght Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars in an account that belongs to one=
of our foreign customers who died along with his entire family.

Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you stand as the d=
eceased relative to enable the funds be released in your favor as the benef=
iciary. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mut=
ual business endeavor by furnishing me with the following information's bel=

If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the =
trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent reply.

Mr. Saint Denis.

NB: If you are interested with the deal, kindly respond back with this E-m=
ail address including your full name and addres=
s, fax/phone numbers, to enable us proceed immediately without any delay.

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