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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: "Michael Obert" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 06:12:25 -0500
Subject: Investment Proposal

Dear Friend

My name is Michael Obert; I represent a group of senators. We need the
assistance of a reliable and trustworthy person/Business firm to help
receive money for investments overseas on their behalf. The money has been
deposited with a security firm.

If you are willing to be our partner, send your name, telephone & fax
Numbers, postal & office address and email address to my email:, so that we will be able to get across to you.
Further details will be discussed as soon as we receive your confirmation of
interest. We shall make available you all relevant documents of the fund
deposit with the security firm.

For helping in receiving the funds and investing into either real estate,
buying stocks/share, and going into a joint venture with you and your
associates, you will receive 25% of the $150 million. As soon as you
indicate your Interest, further details will be discussed on the procedure
that we will follow in accomplishing this deal.


Michael Obert.

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