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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: augusin tony <augusin_tony22@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 08:39:38 +0100 (CET)
Subject: URGENT REPLY




Dear Herman Finkmann,

This is my information as you requested it;

NAME......MR AUGUSIN TONY.
ADDRESS...NO 2 JOHN STREET AKPAKPA COTONOU.
AGE DECLERATION.....45 YEARS.
OCCUPATION...........SECRETARY.
MARITAL STAUTE.....MARRIED.
GENDER..............MALE.
COUNTARY.........BENIN.
CITY..........COTONOU and this is my phone number
+22 930 85 220. Note this phone number is working so you should keeping on trying it you will get me.

Inaddition, you have to send your information as i earily requsted them to enable me register your bank draft and deliver to your door step.

Thanks as iam waiting for your urgent reply.

Regards,
Augusin Tony.

Hallo,

Sorry if I sound a little puzzled but can you be so kind as to prove your personal details first?

Sometime ago I had paid some cash to someone who informed me of a fund nearly identical as yours. She has still not responded my last 16 emails and this makes me a little distrustful about you.

I have had a difficult day so please just inform me in easy words.

Hr. Herman Finkmann


PS You should be notified that the phone number you gave kept failing. Please give to me a workable number.




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Dear Herman
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HOW ARE YOU TODAY ? I GOT YOUR MAIL REGARDING
THE GIFT MY BOSS ASK ME TO SEND TO YOU .
I VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO SEND THE GIFT OF BANK
DRAFT OF $1.500.000. YOU HAVE TO SEND ME AS FOLLOWS TO
ENABLE ME SEND TO YOUR DENSTINATION.
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1 .YOUR NAME......
2 .YOUR ADDRESS ........
3 .AGE DECLEARTION.......
4 .OCCUPATION
5 .PHONE NUMBERS ...................
6 .COUNTRY............
7 .CODE..............
8 .MARITAL STATUE....
9.GENDER........
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THESE WILL ALSO ENABLE THE DIPLOMATE LOCATE YOU WHEN
HE / SHE ARRIVES IN YOUR STATE BECAUSE I WILL
SUBMITTE IT TO THE DIPLOMATIC COURIER COMPANY THAT
WILL DELIVER THE DRAFT TO YOU.
THANKS AS I WAITNG TO HEAR FROM YOU.
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Mr Augusin Tony.



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