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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: joseph gettu <josephgettu18@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2006 10:40:02 -0800 (PST)
Subject: THANK YOU VERY MUCH


DEAR FRIEND,

I'M HAPPY TO INFORM YOU ABOUT MY SUCCESS IN GETTING THOSE FUNDS TRANSFERRED UNDER THE COOPERATION OF A NEW PARTNER FROM GERMANY.

PRESENTLY I'M IN SPAIN FOR INVESTMENT PROJECTS WITH MY OWN SHARE OF THE TOTAL SUM. MEANWHILE, I DIDN'T FORGET YOUR PAST EFFORTS AND ATTEMPTS TO ASSIST ME IN TRANSFERRING THOSE FUNDS DESPITE THAT IT FAILED US SOMEHOW. NOW CONTACT MY COUNSEL IN NIGERIA, HIS NAME IS BEN AKIGA ESQ AND HIS EMAIL ADDRESS IS bar_benakiga1@lawyer.com,ASK HIM TO SEND YOU THE CERTIFIED BANK CHECK OF TOTAL SUM OF EIGHT HUNDRED AND SIXTY THOUSAND US DOLLARS WHICH I KEPT FOR YOU AS A WAY TO SHOW APPRECIATION AND COMPENSATION FOR ALL YOUR 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 TOUCH WITH MY COUNSEL BEN AKIGA AND INSTRUCT HIM WHERE TO SEND THE MONEY FOR YOU. PLEASE DO LET ME KNOW IMMEDIATELY YOU RECEIVE IT SO THAT WE CAN SHARE THE JOY AFTER ALL THE SUFFERING AND HARD WORK AT THAT TIME. IN THE MOMENT, I'M VERY BUSY HERE BECAUSE OF THE INVESTMENT PROJECTS WHICH I AND THE NEW PARTNER WERE HAVING AT HAND. FINALLY, REMEMBER THAT I HAD FORWARDED INSTRUCTION TO THE COUNSEL ON YOUR BEHALF, SO FEEL FREE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HIM TO SEND THE AMOUNT TO YOU WITHOUT ANY DELAY.

WITH BEST REGARDS,
Joseph Gettu.


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