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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: Moses Francis <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 08:30:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Response From Mr. Moses Francis!!

Dear suzie

Thank you for responding back to my email. As a matter of fact I got Your Email While I was Seaching for a Good Fearing and trust person in the Internet so it was Your Email that I got and I decided to send You this Mutual Business Proposal so that You can help me in good faith Since I have all the Relevant Documents Kept outside my Province.

As You know my Sitaution here in Nigeria and I want to make sure that as Soon as I finalised this Business with You I will relocate with my only Child who is reading Medicine in University of Nigeria Nsuka (U.N.N) so that he will get good Education in Your Country then me too will received good Treatment as wel.

The funds presently is in Europe and the Security Firm has started mounting pressures on me that I Should Try and see that the Two Consignment is been cleared soonest, this was why I had to write you on this urgent issue.

The things needed from your part are as follows:

To visit the agent in Europe and sign off the necessary paper works and receives the shipment on my behalf with the documents I have to give you before your departure to meet them or We can advise the Courier Company to make shipment of the Two Consignments to You in Your Country through Diplomatic means.

To ensure the safety of the funds by depositing it into good ventures that will yield profits and also be at hand to attend to any financial request I may need until I should be able to have all the funds back from you minus your own percentage.
Should you be satisfied with the above, and then kindly get back to me so that I can know exactly what to do next.

More so I will want you to reassure me of the safety of this fund when It got into Your custody and kindly let me know your age what you do for living including your full resident address by so doing I can then be rest assured that I am about to deal with somebody I know well because I like dealing with people that are straight forward and transparent,and most Importantly don’t forget to also send across to me your telephone numbers accordingly.

You can call my me on this Telephone number 234 1 7601883. But it very important you send me a reply to this email as soon as you receive it today. And Please Sir, Kindly send to me the Details that I requested From You so that I can forward to You a Copy of my International Passport copy that will enable you to Build Trust in This Mutual Business Benefit that we are about Concluding in Good Faith. Try and see that You forward to me Your Full name, House Address and Your Private Cell Phone number for easier Communication.

May God Almighty bless you and your family

Mr. Moses Francis

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