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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, 7 May 2007 18:14:33 +0100 (BST)

Attn: Jarman Adlermacher,

Thanks for your email response, I didn't know this person you are asking me, may be there is mistaken some where between you and the woman. No body supplied me your email, rather I got your email from our Chamber of Commerce here. Please you should be very careful with other people you are dealing with because people can be so cruel, nefarious and rapacious.


Mohamed Danjuma

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