419

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Definition

a 419 scam: an internet scam or fraud
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A 419 scam is the name given to a type of scam in which someone e-mails, faxes or writes a letter to a victim asking for confidential bank information to allegedly transfer large sums of money from an impoverished country into the victim's bank account. 419 refers to the section of the Nigerian criminal code which details this sort of scam.

Examples

  • "Kevin : Jean, you've fallen for a 419 scam. There is no money waiting for you."

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