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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Eddy Rafael" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 15:33:13 -1200
Subject: From Eddy Rafael

Address: 3 Presley Way
Crownhill, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire MK8 OES
United Kingdom
Telephone ++44 7704624464

(RE: TRANSFER OF $85,000,000.00 (Eight five million united
states dollars).

Dear Friend,

I got your contact over the internet as a trustworthy and
reliable person.please pay attention and understand my
reason of contacting you today through this email. My name
is Mr. Eddy Rafael. I am the personal solicitor to a
foreigner, Late Mr. Morris Thompson. an American who
unfortunately lost his life in the plane crash of Alaska
Airlines Flight 261, which crashed on January 31 2000.

You may read more about the crash on visiting this C.N.N
News internet

I desprately need your assistance to secure and move huge
sums of money left behind by my late client to the tune of
$85,000,000.00 (Eight five million united states dollars). I
will pay you 20% of the total sum for your cooperation in
this matter.I will give you more details,on your positive
response, also include in your reply and acknowledgement of
this mail your tel number so that we can disscuss in

Yours Faithfully,
Eddy Rafael

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