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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: "DR.WILLIAMS YABA" <williamsyaba@wanadoo.es> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 12:48:45 +0400
Subject: REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED


My dear,

I am dr.desmond terry, the Managing director of Shiwan Investment limited.
I have reviewed your services & i thought you could be of some help to
my company. We need an eye in the USA,

MEXICO AND EUROPE because we have a high frequency of patronage from there.
So we need you to help us cordinate our transactions there as our
"public relations officer" (PRO).

Please, i would appreciate you to reply me, so that i could explain
more to you to make you understand my business proposal, and you should
also know that we are very much ready to pay you for this services we
seek from you.,

We will like you to send to us your:


NAME:................................
CONTACT ADDRESS:...........................
PHONE:................................................
SEX:........................................................
AGE:..........................................................
COUNTRY:................................................
POSITION IN OFFICE:...................................

And we would ensure our business do not disturb your business
whatsoever.
Thank you very much for your understanding. Hoping to hear from you
soon.

"Warm Regards"
DR.WILLIAMS YABA.
Managing Director.

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