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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 18:54:10 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Compliment of the day

From: Collins Okolie.

We are Diplomatic Corp that holds special and valuable consignments for reputable clients that are honest and trustworthy. We work in collaboration with top firms all over the world as we have earned a name as a service whose hallmarks in reliability and confidentiality are revered.

A benefactor has mandated me to get someone that can assist her and her family in retrieving her package containing some amount of money from a Global Financial Trust Company in Europe. The benefactor and her children have been confined only to their country home and all their calls and movements are monitored, as a result, it's absolutely impossible for them to do anything as regards retrieving the money. Their only means of communication is via Internet and you are being contacted because your assistance is needed in claiming the funds on their behalf.

The amount was accrued from Diamond sales over a period of ten years and its 22M Pounds (twenty two Million Pounds). These funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and have no criminal origin. The funds have nothing to do with any form of illegality and all documentations needed to prove the source of the funds were submitted when the funds were being deposited and these documents would prove the source of the funds and authenticate the fact that the funds are clean and has no links whatsoever with either drugs or terrorism.

For your assistance in this transaction, the benefactor and her Children have agreed to give you 25% of the total amount of money which is equivalent to 5.5M Pounds (five Million, Five hundred Thousand, Pounds) and this role simply entails retrieving the funds on their behalf from the Diplomats in Europe and all the information needed to claim the funds would be sent to you as soon as you indicate your interest in assisting them as well as providing the following information to facilitate The smooth conclusion of the transaction.

1) Your Full Name: ___________________________
2) Your Address: _____________________________
3) Your Telephone Number: ____________________
4) Your Fax Number: _________________________
5) Your Mobile Number: _______________________
6) The Name of the Closest Airport to your City of Residence: _____________________
7) Your Age______________________

I await your response urgently or you can better still rich me through this email address

MR. Collins Okolie.

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