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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: ade owone <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:40:37 +0200 (CEST)


Longest time, i hope all is well together with your family,if so glory be to God almighty.Well,Sorry to hear this news and understand that the fault is not from me.I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting thosefunds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay. Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of totalsum.mean while, i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me intransferring this funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr Johnson Ike on his e-mail address stated below:----( him to send you the total Amount of $1.5million u.s 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 and instruct her where to send the check and send her your contact information like home address and phone number so that he will submit it to the courier company where i directed him for the check to be sent to your designated address without any delay.

Please do let me know immediately if you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time ok, In the moment, I’m very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand,finally,remember that I have forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to instruct the courier company to send the check to you as soon as you send your details information without delay, so feel free to get in touch with my secretary he will inform courier to send the check immediately to you without any delay as i instructed him to do.

Best Regards,Thank you
and may God Bless you.

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