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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.Jayson Cole " <xx@yy>
Date: Sun, 28 Oct 2018 01:27:19 -0700
Subject: Hello Good Day, how is your family


There is a deposit of one hundred and twenty three million United States dollars (123,000,000,00 dollars) belonging to my late client in a private bank, and I'm going to ask your best interest to apply for this money, as I have all the documents to convince the bank that you are his next of kin,

since you share the same last name, and will make it easier for the funds deposited by my late client to be approved in your name according to the inheritance law of the country.I'll give you more details on hearing from you.

Mr Jayson Cole

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