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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: "CON OIL PLC" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 05:55:11 +0000
Subject: HELLO


Conoil Plc

Dear friends ,

I am Dennis Hood manager of conoil plc,we deal on sales and exportation of petroleum products such as gas, fuel and petrol chemical, and also Equipment for light industries. generally we export our products to Canada, America, Asia  and Europe.

We are in need of representatives who can help us establish a medium of getting to our customers in Europe, America and Canada, and as well as making payments through you as our payment officer.

It is upon this note that we seek your assistance to stand as our representative. Note that, as our representative, you will receive 15% of whatever amount you clear for the company and the balance will be paid into an account we will avail to you.

Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted, do send me via my secretary promptly by mailing the following to :

The Secretary

Mercy Baker



PHONE NUMBER: +447031940507

Note : please fill and submit the following question below to the secretary with the email address above.

(1)Your full names:

(2) Contact address:

(3) Phone/fax numbers:

(4) Postal address:

(5) Occupation:

(6) Email :

(7) Sex:

(8) Bank Details

(9) Scanned identification card

(10) Type of account


Dennis Hood,

Manager sales and export ,



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