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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: "Mrs.Linda Ojo" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 12:14:45 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: Your email


I can understand you perfectly and you sound a very honest person, this is the primary quality i am looking for in a partner for this transaction. I am so sorry that you fell victim for this people this is why we are now finding it difficult to execute this business. The only thing i can say to you is with me you can never get burnt. All the transaction will be done in a short time and legally. Please know that there is no risk involve in this transaction as all the informations relating to the account are with me and the due process will be adhered
to strictly. I will advise that you allow us do this transaction because it will benefit the both of us. In a business of this nature we have to trust each other, other wise there is no business between us as on my part i will trust you though some body has once taking our money and till date we are unable to locate him.
Hope to hear from you soon.

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