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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: kipre yvette <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jul 2006 15:11:47 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Miss Yvette !!

Dear Amarjit,

Good morning and how are you today,hope all is well with you overthere.I thank you for your message,the content was well understood.

I want to assure you that what ever effort you are going to put in this transaction must be paid bact because what we are going into is for erternal please i want you to have confidense in me.

I went to the bank and told the that very soon i'll introduce my foreign partner but they told me that i shoul come with your ID or Driving license for official introduction,please i'll like you to forward me your id so that i'll take it to the bank for introduction and after the aproval of our partnership i'll forward you the bank contact for you to contact them or the bank will contact you for further instructions.

I'll leave you for now and hope to hear from you soon.

Thank's and God be with us,


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