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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: marcharl ofor <>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 12:44:42 +0100 (BST)

Hello Verina Dres ,

please listing now i receive a call from global trust company now the director call me and he told me that i have to come i pic up your consignment box , and i ask him why and what is going on becouse i dont here from you for long now and he told me that you have never send them the money that they told you to pay so my friend i want to know what is going on with you becouse i told the direc tor to give some time so that i well here from you and get back to them so now try and send the money to the company as the company said and soon as you send them the money update me so that i will horry them to move out with your consignment box this week ,

Waiting to receive your mail ,

Marcharl Ofor

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