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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: "george zuma" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 11:09:32 +0100
Subject: Compensation.

Dear Friend

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction Well I just want to use this medium to thank you very
much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds without
any positive outcome.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with
the help of a new partner from Paraguay Mr Fernando Alvaro Gomez, Everything
was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant
who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance(F.M.F)
and she rendered a tremendous help to us, My new partner initiated this idea
and everything worked out successfully. In appreciation of your earlier
assistance to me in receiving the funds I have decided to compensate you
with the sum of $850,000,00.(Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States
Dollars) in a Cashier's cheque. This is from my own share I did this simply
to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though
we could not succeed due to some unforseen circumstances and reason.

Presently I am in Paraguay for investment project with my own share under
the advice of my partner, Meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring this funds despite the fact that we
could not succeed, I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if
you have received your share or not. In the light of the above you are
therefore to contact my lawyer: Barrister Abbas Machika, and do send him
your contact address where you want the cheque to be sent to you, His e-mail
address is:

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy together after all the suffering at that time, In the moment I am very
busy here in Asuncion the capital city of Paraguay because of the investment
projects which the new partner and I are having at hand.

So feel free to get in touch with him to send the cheque to you without any

With My Best Regards,
Mr.George Zuma.

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