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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 ALEX NIGHT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 04:51:18 +0530

My diplomatic agent just arrived at (Adak Airport) the one at (Adak Island city) in AK STATE)right now with your consignment box as world beneficially of the year 2019 from Afghanistan which worth's of ( Gold with estimate,22,093 troys ounces of weight 627 of $32M). And your effort is required to enable the delivery facilitate to your door step without delay or much charges.THE NAME of the delivery agent is Edward Criso.

And give us all about your information to avoid wrong delivering such as
Your Address.....
Your Telephone Number:.

Best Regards

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