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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: "MR. James Fisher" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2018 22:05:23 -0000
Subject: MY BROTHER.


Compliment of the Season,I am Mr. James Fisher, I will be very glad if you
do assist me to relocate about € 10 million Dollars whichmy late Father
deposited in a security company before He was kidnapped and killed by
group of militants close to Mali / Burkina
Faso Border into your personal or company bank account,I have every
documents covering the deposit of the fund with me,There is no risk
involved,It will be legally done without any kind of risk.I will detail
you on what to do as soon as I hear from you.We will discuss on
percentages in my next reply

If you are ready and willing to assist me,Kindly reply me immediately

Have a great day as i wait for your return mail:

Mr. James Fisher

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