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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: "davidjon09" <davidjon09@terra.com.mx>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 10:30:59 -0600
Subject: OPEC MUTUAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION.


E-mail: davidjon@yahoo.co.uk

REQUESTING FOR ASSISTANCE TO EXECUTE A MUTUAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION.
Gooday,
I really regret any embarrasment this mail might cause you as we've
never
by any chance met before I want you to patiently read this offer. I am
Mr.
David Johnson the Head of Delegation to the World Bank in West Africa.
I
am the linkman between the Organization For Petroleum Exporting
Countries
- OPEC and the petroleum sector in a West African country. I also
attend
OPEC meetings constantly in Geneva.
Through the sale of our allocated oil quota in OPEC, I was able to make
$30.5 million, which is currently deposited in a European Security and
Finance
company. I want you to assist me to claim this money as I cannot claim
it
directly because I am still a civil servant, and the code of conduct
bureau
forbids me to acquire such amount of money.
It is on this basis that I am contacting you for assistance, If you
will
be interested, claim documents will be processed and sent to you. The
documents
with which the fund is deposited will be changed to reflect you as the
new
beneficiary so that you will be eligible to collect the fund on my
behalf.
I will give you 10% of the fund for this assistance. I am aware of the
international
monitoring of all large-scale financial movements after the September
11th
2001 terrorist attack on America and to avoid any state of financial
investigation
I will provide a classified clearance paper from the relevant body
which
will exonerate the money from either drug, money laundered or terrorist
related proceeds.
Upon the reciept of your mail, indicating your interest to help me in
this
transaction i will then send to you my indentity card and international
passport to further buttress the bonafide nature of this transaction.
Kindly respond to my proposal via my alternative E-mail address below
on
the receipt of your mail.
I want to assure you that there is no risk attached in this
transaction.
You should also provide me with your private telephone and fax numbers
for
easier communication.
Expecting your response.
Remain blessed,
Mr. David Johnson
E-mail: davidjon@yahoo.co.uk

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