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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Scott Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2019 13:18:13 -0800
Subject: Employment Opportunity

Good Day ,
Do you Live in the United States of America or Canada ? Do you seek a Well Paying Job that you can be
doing from home ? Ineos Chemicals is Currently recruiting Field Service Workers, the Job pays 750$
every week plus other bonuses attached.
Kindly contact
Name: Alexander Peterson
Thanks and God Bless

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