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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.Paavo Lipponen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 11:54:55 -0400
Subject: Hello

Dearest beloved,
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, He was Prime Minister of Finland from 1995 to 2003,ETC.
My husband was murdered in 2009 by the political party named Kok National Coalition Party - (Kansallinen Kokomuus). from the ruling political party in the country.
After his death, our family treasure and assets have been seized by the government.stricter measures placed to make life miserable for me and my child.
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 relocated to a remote location to escape the attacks from the government.
I have discussed with the manager who promised to assist me to have the money out of Finland bank asked me to present someone outside Finland to receive this fund for us.also,the bank said i need to change the account name from my family name to your name so that the government will not dictate it. Please reply this email so i can direct you to the bank for expedite the process.

Thank you for understanding me.

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