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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. Mussaid Thani." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2018 06:26:33 -0500
Subject: Good Day

Hi Dear.

I have a very good news for you, which is that of your Cash Box that
was prevented entry into your country and impounded by the Financial
Task Force Authority. Meanwhile, i will like to introduce myself to
you, My name is Mr. Mussaid Thani, I wish to let you know that we
were able to retrieve the package out from the Customs with the
assistance of my contact person at Ridge Lane Sidney, Ohio 45365.

The cash funds amounting to the sum $18Million was deposited with a
shipping company in Europe under your name being the beneficiary.
Meanwhile, you are advised to get back to me immediately you receive
this mail and forward to me your full contact address information

This is to enable me submit it to the shipping company for them to
start processing for delivery to your door step. You can as well reach
the shipping company and forward your contact mailing
address/telephone information direct to them, as they already knows
you as the beneficiary of the package.

Please note that I had an understanding with this follow at the
Geneva, Switzerland. that you are to offer him 5% of the total money
immediately the consignment is deliver to you. And also kindly be
informed that on known account most the shipping company known s the
content of the consignment all the know is that the content is a
"Federal Reserve Bond".

Awaiting your urgent response.
Mr. Mussaid Thani.

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