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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: jim hassan <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:01:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Time for judgement Cathy!!!

Aunty Cathy,
The whole members of the black power movement have taken a decision against your inaction by refusing to link me with my special brother and partner VICTIMNAME VICTIMNAME.
we have concluded in the meeting that this will be the last correspondence with you and unless you link me with my Brother VICTIMNAME for his own good,you will be sanctioned out of office by the grand African council who put you there.
Send me the present contact of my brother VICTIMNAME immediately after going through this mail and everything will be o.k with you are hereby given the last warning to coperate as a good African sister or face the wrath of the great olodumare of Africa..
Your African Brother,
Jim Hassan.

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