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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:26:49 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: NOTICE.


Sir, We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of $8,600,000.00, (Eight million, Six hundred thousand U.S Dollars) in the intent of the deceased, name now witheld since this is our second letter to you. We contacted you because you bear the surname identity and therefore can pass for the beneficiary to the inheritance, since there is no written will by the deceased. Our legal services aim to provide complete service to our private clients. Happy to prepare wills, set-up and administer Trusts, carry out the administration of real estates, prepare and administer powers of attorney. upon your acceptance, we request that you forward to us your letter of acceptance, your full name, current telephone, fax numbers and address to enable us file the necessary documents at the high court, probate division for the immediate release of the above mentioned sum of money to you. We shall have other areas discussed in the next communication.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Daniel Omah.(234-80-50230112)

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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