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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: "Alexa Riter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:48:09 -0500
Subject: Binary Fraud Alert


My name is Alexa Riter, and I am contacting you in regards to a potential claim against a Binary Options/ Forex/ Cryptocurrency company that may have defrauded you in the past.

In short, it has been determined that Binary Options companies are part of a fraudulent industry that has defrauded millions of individuals across the globe.

Here at Wealth Recovery International, we have made it our main goal to reach out to anyone who may not be aware of their options of recovery and filing an official claim against the perpetrators.

If you made an amount of 100$- $5000 payable to a Binary Options company, you are able to file an official claim against them and possibly recover your out-of-pocket losses.

If you are interested in reviewing your rights in this matter,please reply to this email and I will make sure you are contacted by one of our attorney's /Claim Analysts.

Wealth Recovery International is an asset recovery agency that has successfully recovered over $11 Million from fraudulent Binary Options, Forex, CFD's and Cryptocurrency schemes.

Kind regards and best wishes,
Alexa Riter
Claims Analyst

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