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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: "John Karibiriwhite" <johnkaribiwhite@karibiwhitechambers.org>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 13:22:25 +0000
Subject: MY SUCCESS AT LAST

Dear Friend,


I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund
transferred to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from
paraguay who is an international business man.

Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us
some how.

Now contact my secretary, her contact is:
Name: Miss. angel shepard
Email:angelshepard1_sec@yahoo.com


Ask her to send you the total $450.000.00 (Four Hundred and Fifty
Thousand US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the
past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and
get in touched with my secretary Miss. Angel shepard and instruct her where
to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferring that time. In the moment,I am very busy here
because of the investment projects which my new partner and I have at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Miss. Angel
shepard and she will send the amount to you without any delay.

With best regards

Dr.John karibiwhite,

C.E.O


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