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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: "Abudan Lagriamidett" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 08:01:22 -0800

Very Urgent Needed,
My name is Abudan Lagriamidett from Libya, I got your e-mail address from the list investment dictionary book worldwide; Can you I trust you? I need an honest and trust worthy business partner for investment worth (14,000,000.00 Million Dollars), in your country.
The transaction will be 100% safe and successful down to your destination, I just need your honest and trust and I assure you a good deal and 40% share of the money and investment goes to you.
Reply back to me via this e-mail ( if only you are interested and serious.
Your urgent reply is needed now.
Colonel Abudan Lagriamidett

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