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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: "usman sherif" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 03:23:31 -0700
Subject: thanks for yr assistance

Dear Friend,
I'm happy to inform you about our success in getting
the fund transferred under the cooperation of a new partnerfrom Paraguay.
Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist us in transferring those funds despite that it failed us
some how. Now contact my secretaray, his name is MR CHIJIOKE OKORO and his
email address is ( TEL: 234-8063116746 ask him to
send you the total $800.000.00,(EIGHT HUNDERED THOUSAND DOLLARS) draft
which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to
assist us in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very
much So feel free and get in touched with my secretary MR CHIJIOKE OKORO and
instruct him where to send the money to you. Kindly confirm to him your
full name and address to send it to.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so
that we can share the joy after all the suffer ness at that time. In the
moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects, which the
new partner and I are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so
feel free to get in touch with MR CHIJIOKE OKORO and he will send the
amount to you without any delay. Note that other people may be contacting
you in respect of the same fund, as it is still in Central Bank vetting

Best Regards

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