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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: "Dagogo Jack" <dagogojnext@hotmail.co.uk>
Reply-To: djack_nextmail@yahoo.com
Date: Sat, 06 Jan 2007 11:36:09 +0000
Subject: Read This

FROM:BARR:DAGOGO JACK
PRIVATE EMAIL:djack_nextmail@yahoo.com

I AM PLEASED TO GET ACROSS TO YOU FOR A VERY PROFITABLE
BUSINESS PROPOSAL,THOUGH I DONT KNOW YOU NEITHER HAVE I
SEEN YOU BEFORE BUT I GOT YOUR CONTACT THROUGH MY PRIVATE
SEARCH.
I AM BARR.DAGOGO JACK AN ATTORNEY ATTACHED TO A DIPLOMATIC
SECURITY FIRM THE INTENDED BUSINESS IS THUS, WE HAD A
CUSTOMER, A FOREIGNER AMERICAN NAMED SHIM ANGELA (MRS), A
BUSINESS WOMAN, RESIDENT HERE IN NIGERIA
UNFORTUNATELY,THE WOMAN PERISHED IN PLANE CRASH (KOREAN
AIR FLIGHT 801)THIS HAPPENED ON AUGUST 6 1997 PLEASE VIEW
THIS LINK
http://www.cnn.com/WORLD/9708/06/guam.passenger.list
UNTIL TODAY NON OF HER NEXT OF KIN HAS COME FORWARD TO
CLAIM THE MONEY. HAVING NOTICED THIS I IN COLLABORATION
WITH ONE OTHER TOP OFFICIALS OF THE SECURITY FIRM HAVE
COVERED HIS FILE ALL THIS WHILE.
NOW WE WANT YOU BEING A FOREIGNER TO FRONT AS ONE OF HER
NEXT OF KIN SO THAT THE BOXES IN WHICH THE MONEY WAS
PACKAGED INTO FOR SAFE KEEPING WILL BE RELEASED TO YOU AS
HIS NEXT OF KIN/PROXY.THE WHOLE PROCEDURES WILL LAST
ONLY TEN WORKING DAYS TO GET THE FUND RETRIEVED
SUCCESSFULLY WITHOUT TRACE EVEN IN FUTURE.
YOUR RESPONSE IS ONLY WHAT WE ARE WAITING FOR AS WE HAVE
ARRANGED ALL NECESSARY THINGS. AS SOON AS THIS MESSAGE
COMES TO YOU, KINDLY GET BACK TO ME INDICATING
YOUR INTEREST. THEN I WILL FURNISH YOU WITH THE WHOLE
PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT THE DEAL IS SUCCESSFULLY
CONCLUDED.
FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE WE HAVE AGREED TO GIVE YOU 30% OF THE
TOTAL SUM OF USD 30 MILLION AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION. IT
IS RISK FREE AND A BIG FORTUNE FOR BOTH OF US. WITH YOUR MAXIMUM
CO-OPERATION, THIS TRANSACTION IS NOT EXPECTED TO LAST
FOR MORE THAN 10 WORKING DAYS.
ALL CORRESPONDENCE TOWARDS THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE
THROUGH TELEPHONE AND PLEASE SEND YOUR RESPONSE TO MY
PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS AS ABOVE AND
BELOW. E-MAIL.:djack_nextmail@yahoo.com
I WANT YOUR EARLIEST RESPONSE.
YOURS SINCERELY,
BARR.DAGOGO JACK

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