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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: "norman patrick" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Oct 2006 18:20:26 -0400
Subject: Attn:Seeking for your partnership

Attn:Seeking for your partnership,

My name is Mr Norman Patrick ,Chairman of contract award and monitoring
committee of Ministry of Local Government and rural development,my duty as
empowered by the Mauritius Government is to make provision of
street-lighting,construction and maintenance of roads,drains and public
spaces,provision and maintenance of bus shelters and traffic
centres,organisation of sports and cultural activities,etc.

Furthermore, from this projects we have been able to secure some reasonable
amount of U.S.$21.3m(Twenty One Million Three Hundred Thousand U.S.Dollars
Only)as commision from various Contractors resulting from over invoicing
,hence all the necessary approvals has been completed.
These approved fund is now packaged and despatched through a financial firm
for onward delivery to its final destination.

These fund are first deposited into a vault security before we arrange for
its movement to Europe through diplomatic channel using decoy purporting
that the fund belongs to an expatriate/company ,as we are Government
officiale ,we are not allowed to operate/own foreign bank account,Hence we
need you to stand as the beneficiary and claim the fund on our behalf from
the financial house in Europe.

Presently I am now in Europe to search for a reliable person/company of high
intergrity /dignity and one with conscience who will claim this fund on our
behalf as the beneficiary,and we have agreed to give you 20% of the total
sum as commission for your assistance/effort. And 5% will be used to settle
every expenses incurred. We will use 75% to invest under your
recommendations and guide and to go into Joint venture business with you.

The following will be needed from you:

(1) I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names & address
so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents & affidavits,which
will put you as the beneficiary.

(2)We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting & notarization
and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in
your favour for the consignments.

(3)Telephone and Fax numbers for an effective communication and briefing.

I will greatly appreciate your assistance as I look forward to your response
as soon as possible via my private email below.

Best regards,
Mr Norman Patrick.

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