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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: "Jennifer Wilson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2007 14:34:42 +0200
Subject: Proposal

Hello dear

You may be surprised to receive this mail, as you read this, don't feel so sorry for Late Saddam Hussein because I know everyone will die someday.

I am in need of your assistance. My name is Mrs Jennifer Wilson. I am a military attache with the United Nation here in Ba'qubah Iraq for the United Kingdom, I and my colleagues we found about $231 Million dollars in one of Saddam Hussein lodge in Majid al-Tikriti but now we have secured $2.2 Million Dollars this money in security company in London UK for investment in a profitable ventures around the world.

My colleague and I needs a good partner, someone we can trust to actualize this venture.You can visit this site were the money was found which we also have the pictures taken before the funds where deposited with UN and after we smuggled the
funds to a private security courier company named elite courier UK.

But can we trust you if only you will furnish us with your full comprehensive details? We shall deliver the funds to you as diplomatic baggage to your country Once the funds get to you, you take your 30% out and keep our own 70%. After our sharing with you we will like you to invest our share in a good business profile.

If you are interested please reply to my aid and he will furnish you with more details once we get your response

Your Sincerely.
Mrs Jennifer Wilson

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