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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: "Miss Myra Coulibaly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2019 23:07:02 +0200
Subject: I Believe You Can Help.

Mrs. Irene Shawcross.
Please my dear beloved, kindly read attached message and reply ( ). Whatever is your decision, please kindly let me know through the email address.
You can call me +277944 05094.
From:: Mrs. Irene Shawcross.
4th Street Houghton Estates
Johannesburg South Africa
Phone: +27794405094

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