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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Mohammed_Cond=C3=A9?= <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 19:23:14 +0000
Subject: Could you help me in this transaction?

I am sorry that my letter may come to your mailbox as spam because of
internet exchange. I am Mohammed Condé, the son to the former
president of the Republic of Guinea who as toppled in a military coup
on the 5th September 2021. I solicit your assistance for a fund
transfer to your country for urgent investment, If you are interested
to help me i will accord you twenty percent of the total fund. Contact
me here: (

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