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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 samson fedy" <>
Date: Sat, 09 Feb 2019 13:17:54 -0800
Subject: FM

Dear Friend,

An oil business man made a fixed deposit of $6M in my bank branch
where I am a director and he died with his entire family in Syria war
leaving behind no next of kin. I Propose to present you as next of kin
to claim the funds,if interested contact me with
your full name, and telephone number to reach you and most
importantly, a confirmation of acceptance from you.through my private
email ID:

Your Truly ,
samson fedy

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