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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:

Date: 27 Dec 2006 07:30:52 -0000

Content-Type: text/plain

Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund

transferred under the cooperation of a new partner.. 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 me

in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary,his name is MR JAMES and his email

address iS

ask him to send you the total $8,000.000.00 which i kept for your

compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this

matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free


get in touched with my secretary MR JAMES and instruct him where to


the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share

the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, i am very

beazy here because of the investment projects which me and the new

partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded

instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so


free to get in touch with MR JAMES and he will send the amount to

you without any delay.

with best regards


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