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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: "Mr. Suvo Sarkar" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <davidlivingstone1190@gmail. com>
Date: Sun, 13 Sep 2020 16:35:40 -0700
Subject: Hello Dear,

Dearest Friend, How are you today? you may not remember me again, but I contacted you previously about a business transaction, don't know if you will remember. Actually you agreed to help me then but later opted out. Well I was able to successfully transfer the funds to another business partner that helped me. At the same time I want to use this opportunity to say that I did not forget your past effort and attempts to assist me then, now I'm happy to inform you that i have succeeded in getting the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Hong Kong, meanwhie I decided to compensate you with the sum of $3,000,000.00 as my little appreciation for your effort and all the stress that you went through during that period. Kindly make contact to my personal secretary Mr. David Livingstone, through this e-mail address (davidlivingstone1190@gmail. com) and tell him to send you the preloaded Visa ATM card of $3,000,000.00 (Which can be used at any ATM machine with Visa Card logo worldwide) which I reserved for your compensation for all the effort you made to assist me during that difficult time because without you it wouldn't havee been possible for me and the new partner to successfully get the money, so feel free to contact my secretary immediately and send him your details maily (Your Full Names, Address and Cellphone No.#) so that he can send you the card soonest. Do not forget to let me know immediately you receive the CARD, so that we can share this great news together, I am very busy with my partner at the moment because of the current investment projects that we are working together in his country so i may not be available on email but will communicate at the earliest i can. Thank you once again for your support then and do accept my sincere gratitude. Yours Sincerely, Mr. Suvo Sarkar

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