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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: "Dr.(Mrs)Linda Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 22:20:22 +0100
Subject: Best Solution®.

Dear Sir/Madam

Compliment of the Day.

Despite all effort to move out the Investment funds from my Bank it was very Difficult for us and we have series of meeting with my Bankers about this matter regarding the best Options to adopt but all effort was abortive.

Today , My Financial Consultant have finally resolved with the Bank and they have agreed to move the funds through Private Secured Unlimited Master Card which will be Issued in your Company name and you can start making withdrawals amounting between 10,000 (Euro) Daily from any Bank ATM/POS Machines and you can also transfer 300,000 (Euro) Weekly using this Private Secured Unlimited Master Card .

For me this is the best Option for us to move the Investments funds to your Country because everything about the Private Secured Unlimited Master Card will be Issued in your name .

Thanks and Best Regards
Dr.(Mrs)Linda Johnson

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