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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.Akira Masuda" <>
Date: Thu, 11 Jul 2019 15:04:14 +0100
Subject: Dear Honest Partner.

35 MARINA P. O. BOX 5216,

Dear Honest Partner.

I need your assistance to transfer the sum of $7.500.000.00 Million
Dollars out of my bank to a foreign country.This fund has been dormant
for a very long time and my bank does not know about it.I will put
your name as the real owner of this fund and i will present you to the

At the end of the successful transfer of this fund to your bank
account.We are to share it 70% for me and 30% for you.I will come down
to your country and receive my own share of the fund to avoid any
detection from my bank and government.

However,all i need is a trustworthy person.Reply me with your direct
phone number and country of origin so that i can call you and brief
you more about this transaction.

Please note that,this transaction is risk free and safe,because i have
all the documents as proof.

Yours truly,
Mr.Akira Masuda
(Director International Remittance Department)

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