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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: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 01:02:57 +0200

Hello Friend,

I am Mark Alexson, I Work with the Nicon Insurance Nigeria,Foreign Payment
Department,I know this letter might come to you as a surprise,but i want you
to take it like your own deal.

Engr. Siawosh Reed a Polished based in Nigeria, executed contract through
Federal Ministry of Works & Housing here in Nigeria,the contract worth of
(US$35.5Million) but died before the process of transferring the money.

Meanwhile, his money has been assigned to be paid through my office before I
will give order to the final endorsement of his money. Nobody knows what is
going on except you and I and i will use my office to present you as the
beneficiary based on your cooperation, You will have to act as the
beneficiary of this fund, Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased so as to transfer this money into your account valued at
US$35.5Million Dollars can be paid to you and then you and I can share the
money according to the agreed proportion after transfered into your bank
account. I will send to you the whole relevant information that is required
in this transaction immediately you accept to co-operate with me.

Please note, the reason why i request the both of us to get on this action
is that the fund could get confiscated and claimed by the Nigerian
government since this late client left no successor as his next of kin and i
personally would not want to see that happen, after years of solid hard work
of this fellow.

Therefore, I would need the following in your response:
1. Your Full Names
2. Residential Address.
3. Personal/Direct Phone and Fax No.

Immediately without hesitation, I have decided to give you US$10M of this
money for your favorable and kind assistance, While i keep US$25.5M and I
also assure you that this is 100% risk-free.

Kindly give me an urgent letter of intent indicating you are ready to
execute this deal but based on TRUST as you know this is for our Mutual
benefits both now and in the nearest future ahead.

I await your response to take up this with effect at once.

Yours Truly,
Mark Alexson.

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