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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: "MICHAEL AND MARIS GEORGE" <michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 16:53:47 +0100
Subject: PLEASE ASSIST US

PLEASE ASSIST US
FROM :MICHAEL AND MARIS MICHAEL
NOTE:PLEASE REPLY TO MY PRIVATE E-MAIL BOX
BELOW; michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk <mailto:michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk>
E:MAIL:michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk
Tell;+225 05 93 07 61.
Abidjan,Cote d'ivoire
Dear One ,
INTRODUCING OUR SELF, I AM MICHAEL AND MY SISTER NAME IS MARIS GEORGRL , THE ONLY CHILDERN OF THE LATE MR AND MRS JOHNSON GEORGE .
We wish to request for your assistance in a financial
transaction. Dear we get your contact from a member of
this in our sit.we wish to invest in Manufacturing and
real estate management in your country.

we have Ten million,five houndred thousand united
state dollarls.USD($10.500,000) to invest in the
transaction and we will require your assistance
in receiving the funds in your account in your
country. we will gladly give you 20% of the total sum
for your assistance.
please it is important you contact us immediately on
our private e-mail address (michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk <mailto:michael_maris_george@yahoo.co.uk>

for further explanation.

Awaiting your immediate response and God bless.
Regards
MICHAEL AND MARIS GEORGE


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