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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: darryl clarkson <darryl_clarkson@yahoo.es>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 20:36:05 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: RE: URGENT MAIL FROM DARRYL CLARKSON




Dear Mr,VICTIMNAME,

THANKS FOR YOUR KIND REPLY TO ME AND THE CONTENTS IN YOUR MAIL WERE CAREFULLY READ AND UNDERSTOOD.

I READ WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT THE MONEY YOU HAVE LOST SO FAR, BUT I WANT TO PROMISE YOU THAT THOSE TYPE OF PEOPLE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT MADE SOME PEOPLE NOT TO BELIEVE THE TRUTH AGAIN.

MY DEAR BROTHER, I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU CAN TRUST ME BECAUSE IF I DONT TRUST YOU, I CANNOT SEND YOU THE PROPOSAL.

PLEASE TRUST ME BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO INVEST THIS FUNDS FOR ME IN ENGLAND BECAUSE MANY INDIANS HAS MADE THE ECONOMY OF OUR COUNTRY TO GROW.

PLEASE TRUST ME AS I TRUSTED YOU. SEND ME YOUR ADDRESS, TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER, IF POSSIBLE THE PASSPORT COPY TO ENABLE ME MAKE A CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP OF THE CONSIGNMENT IN YOUR NAME THROUGH MY ATTORNEY WHICH WILL BE NOTARIZED AT THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE AND THE DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE MY FATHER USED TO DEPOSIT THE CONSIGNMENT WITH A SECURITY COMPANY.

AS SOON AS I RECEIVE THE REQUESTED INFORMATION, MY ATTORNEY WILL DO THE CHANGE IMMEDIATELY AND COPIES WILL BE SEND TO YOU TO ENABLE YOU CONTACT THE SECURITY COMPANY TO GIVE YOU AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE CLEARANCE OF THE CONSIGNMENT.

I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR URGENT AND KIND REPLY.

GOD BLESS YOU,

DARRYL CLARKSON




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