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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "johnson more" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:17:51 +0000

MANAGER Mr. johnson more
Phone: +44703 196 6477
       +44703 196 6483
       +44703 196 6485
 Fax: +(44) 871-247-6856
My name is Mr. johnson more. I am the Administrative manager of sky bird
 and courier united kingdom   . I write you this
proposal in good faith.
I am 42 years old married with two lovely kids. I am a
devoted  Christian and a man of peace.I have packaged a financial transaction
that will benefit you and I, as the admin manager of the security company  it
is my duty
to send in a  report to my superiors  
at the end of each  year. On the course of the last year 2004
business report, I discovered that my company in which I am the manager made
five million eight hundred and fifty thousand united state dollars
($5,850,000.00) which my head office is not aware of and will never be
aware of. I have placed this funds on what we call diplomatic luggage with
no beneficiary.The diplomatic luggage is meant to be a special parcel that
will be transfered to a different country.since our company is a security and
courier organization, it will be simple to transfer from my company to you as
depositor, which i can prepare all paper work for this subject.
As an officer of this company I cannot be directly connected to this
parcel,so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this parcel in your
name  and get 20% of the total funds as commission. There are
practically  no risks involved, the transaction will be executed under a
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, it will
be  simply a courier transfer,and all I need from you is to stand
claim as the original depositor of these fund, with my company so that my
can order the transfer to your designated country in afew working
If you accept my propsal I will appreciate it very much as you are the
first and the only person I am contacting for this transaction. My private
mail is send me a mail as soon as you
receive this that we can go over to the details.
Thanking you in anticipation
May God bless you and your family.
Yours truly
mr more.

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