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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2007 19:39:02 +0200


Email ( )

Dear,I am introducing my self as Miss. MAGDALENA ALISA HILARY, the only Dauther of late Chief and Mrs GODWIN MORRISON HILARY , I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction., And I wish to invest in Manufacturing or real estate management in your country. or possible any good lucrative business you know much better than me. I have Five million seven houndred thousand united states dollars. USD($5.700,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my foreign business partner who is going to clear this consignment out from security company , the consignment was deposited in Africa and was letter lifted to Europe where the consignment is now under the care of the security company . According to the director of the company. I will still go to the security company and fine out more where the consignment located now as soon as I hear seriousely from you. Incase if you are interested with dissapointment Please it is very important you contact me immediately on my private email address bellow for further explanation on the whole entire work plan. Awaiting your immediate responseThanks and God bless.Best Regards ALISA MAGDALENA
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