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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: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 22:41:56 +0900 (JST)
Subject: trustworthy person needed urgently

Therefore, I do not want you to be surprised at the nature of my contact with you; the truth is that I actually got your contact on the World Wide Web (www) while I was in search of a trustworthy investor for assistance that will help me invest this some of money. Basically I need someone sent by
God, who will not be of any mischief nor take undue advantage of my present situation.

Furthermore, I want you to help me remit these funds from the security firm as i am incapable of doing it myself because I am since in Africa, my late farther also said that the trustworthy investor or person that is willing to help me will as well help me in furthering my education when I join
the person over there in his country.

I have with me the necessary document that the security firm gives to my father being secure with my name as a beneficiary.

Finally, i wish to tell you that after you might have remitted/collected the funds from the security company i intend for you to use the funds for the following;
1.To start a better life again and as well further my education.
2. Make a charity donation to ophanage home.
3. Meanwhile 25% of the total funds will be for you, for your Assistance

If you have interest you can mail me through this mail: for further details to be explained to you on how to can remit the consignment.


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