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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: "ECO WAS" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:47:37 -0500
Subject: RE: Your Yahoo-email doees not work

Dear Sir,

I am very sorry for your encounter while trying
to email me. I deactivated my yahoo email
address this afternoon. This is because l detected
a spy ware in the system l communicate from. I
do not know to what extent my privacy have been

Please henceforth, send your correspondence to my
personal email address at:

I have read your most recent email, the content was
well understood. Today is a public holiday here, so
tomorrow, l will go to the director of the company to
inform him that my late father’s foreign partner is
ready to collect the trunk box in London. Whatever
l conclude with him, l would send you an email to
inform you.

Talking about an increase of the 20% l offered, l can
only add 5% to it making 25%. I think this is fair
enough. By tomorrow, l would be able to know
exactly how much l will need for my trip to London.
But before then, l will try and conclude with the
director of the company so as to know where we

I have scanned the Deposit Certificate and my
international passport for your perfect peace of mind.
I have attached them to this email, they are both PDF
files with password protection. While opening the
PDF files, you will be prompted for a password.
The password is abidjan (in small letters).

I will get back to you once l finish with the director
of the company tomorrow. Please note that l will be
communicating with you through my personal email
address as from now on (

Thanks for your understanding.

My regards,

Farouk Halidu

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