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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Nelson Bedi Jr." <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 12:53:02 +0000

Attn, Dear.

I would like to apply through this medium for your co-operation and
to secure an opportunity to invest and do joint business with you
in your country.I have a substantial capital i honourably intend to
invest in your country into a very lucrative business venture of which
you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for the mutual
benefits of both of us.

Your able co-operation is to become my business partner in your country
and create ideas on how money will be invested,properly managed and the
type of investment after the money is transferred to your custody with
your assistance, Meanwhile, on indication of your willingness to handle
this transaction sincerely by protecting our interests and upon your
acceptance of this proposal, I would furnish you with the full detailed
information,procedure,amount involve and mutually agree on your,percentage
interest or share holding for helping me to secure the release of the deposit
and investing the money.

I shall be glad to reserve this respect and opportunity for you, if you so
desire, but do urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it
deserves.Looking forward to your response.

Yours Faithfully,

Nelson Bedi Jr.

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