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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:

Date: 4 Feb 2019 07:27:03 -0800
Subject: Re: 800 S Broadway

I have a requirement for 1100-1800 sqft for a solar sales team. They have sales meetings that are motivational in nature and can be noisy. They also need approx 8 parking spaces and their budget for monthly lease payment is approx $4200. Would you have anything that would work? Thank you.

Kelly Klingler
Broker Associate
Wells & Bennett Realtors
1451 Leimert Blvd
Oakland, CA
(925) 550-9540
FAX: (510) 531-2831

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