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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: "Mr. R .Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2018 11:56:32 -0200
Subject: Attention

I am Mr.R.Johnson i work with a prime bank right here in London (UK) and my aim of communicating you is for you to partner with me to move out an abandoned money the total sum of  (US$28.8M) only to your country so that both of us can share it 50/50.Note that there's no risk attached to this transaction because i have all the vital documents to back up this transaction.  Please send your reply to ( )
Thanks and God bless you.
Best Regards. 

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