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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: "MIKE DAVID" <mike_david75@latinmail.com> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:50:41 +0000
Subject: URGENT,PRIVATE MAIL

GOOD DAY

MAY I CLAVE YOUR INDULGENCE TO SOLICIT FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION
IN A MUTUAL BENEFICIAL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY WHICH INVOLVES SAFEGUARDING FUNDS RUNNING INTO MILLIONS OF UNITED STATES
DOLLARS.

ALTHOUGH ,I AM SKEPTICAL TO DISCUSS THE BUSINESS ON THE INTERNET OWING TO LOTS OF UNSOLICITED/SPAM MAILS ON THE INTERNET THESE DAYS AS I WOULD,NT WANT MY HONOURABLE NAME TO BE DRAGGED TO MESS AS MISTAKEN INTENTION,BUT I WOULD BE GLAD TO PROVIDE MORE ELABORATE DETAILS IF YOU PROVIDE ME WITH YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE AND FAX INCLUDING YOUR PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN EMAIL OR CALL YOU FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION BUT MUST FIRST ALL ASSURE ME THAT THE WHOLE TRANSACTION MUST BE KEPT HIGHLY SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL DUE TO MY POSITION IN MY OFFICE.

IN A BRIEF INTRODUCTION MY NAME ARE MR.MIKE DAVID OF ACCRA,REPUBLIC OF GHANA WORKING AS HEAD IN FUND DISBURSEMENT IN A KNOWN INSTITUTION IN WEST AFRICA REGION.

I AWAIT YOUR URGENT RESPONCE.SEND YOUR RESPONSE ONLY TO MY PRIVATE EMAIL :miked_unlimited@yahoo.co.in

TRULY YOURS,
MR.MIKE DAVID




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