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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: "linda Uwanaego" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 22:37:31 +0000
Subject: RE: Your email


Thanks for your willingness to help me in this project , please I will like
us to proceed immediately in getting this assets out of the security
company. Please, confirm to me your full personal details so that I will get
all the legal documents for you to stand as the rightfully beneficiary of
the assets and I will give you the certificate of deposit and personal
identification number (pin) for you to contact them.

Please, you have to inform the SECURITY COMPANY that you are my family
investor, who is to manage our investment abroad because before my father
death, he told them that his friend that will help us invest the assets will
contact them with me release the certificate of deposit and pin number to

As soon as I receive the details, I will proceed and all these legal changes
will be on your name.
I hope to hear from you, and please in your reply don’t forget to inform me
the best business you can channel this fund into in your country, where the
government will not take much tools from the principal sum.i pray to meet
you with my younger suffring here in africa.i want to come to
london so that i will continue my have to act fast.the fund is
in the SECURITY COMPANY right now where my late father made the
deposit.please dont deal with anybody except the managemant of the SECURITY


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