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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. George Owen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 10:34:44 -0500
Subject: Dear Receiver

Dear Receiver:
How are you doing?
Your Compensation Fund which is currently estimated at US$1,500,000.00 One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has been approved by the United Nation/FCA. After the last survey/draw your e-mail was randomly selected among others to receive this Fund.
You are advice to forward to this office these below information to enable us file your documents to the payee bank immediately without
any delay.Email:
A)  Your Full Name:
B)  Your Home or Office Address:
C)  Your Occupation
D)  Your Direct Phone Number
E)  Your Personal ID
Waiting your urgent response.
Dr George Owena

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