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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: "INTERNATIONAL LOTERRY WEST AFRICA REGIONAL OFFICE." <info.ilwestafricaregionoffice@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2006 13:13:37 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: URGENT NOTICE



Attn; Ms Schweitzder
For the receiving of your cash award without encoutering any of the EEFC Laws. We required you to contact our Accredited Attorney who will help you to obtain a certificate of beneficiary which will cover the amount you have won. And to secure other doucuments you may need , and there will be no any government interogation on your to money.

Contact ATTONEY KOFFI PAUL
TEL +225 060 83837/EMAIL:attorkoffi_paul_chambers@yahoo.fr
call him on phone and instruct him to get the needful document.
WE WISH YOU GOOD LUCK.



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