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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. Mark Limathai" <>
Date: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 02:45:56 +0800
Subject: Your account XXXXXXXX23 statement for 2023 is $5,000,000.00.

Your account XXXXXXXX23 statement for 2023 is $5,000,000.00.

Your account is dormant, re-activate your account to have full account
to your fund.

Your long awaited part payment of $5 Million USD is ready for
immediate release to you, and it was electronically credited into an
ATM Visa Card for easy delivery.

Your new Payment Reference No.- 63883736, Password No: 006743, Pin
Code No: 1799 Your Certificate of Merit Payment No: 034543, Released
Code No:3532; Immediate Telex confirmation No:- 043553; Secret Code
No: TBKTA98 Re-Confirm;

Your Names:


|Cell Phone:

|Fax: |

Occupation: |
Your immediate response is needed.


Thank you for banking with us.
Mr. Mark Limathai

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