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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: wwilfred k <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Aug 2007 14:53:40 +0200
Subject: HELLO

Saturday : 11/ 08 / 2007 Dear Sir, I am Wilfred from Siere Leone Dad died sometime past in an accident and before he died he is Business Man in Siere leone. Presently, my father's family has taken over most of our assets of land properties and my father's family cheating me in my remaining inheritance wealth. However,my late father managed to ship out through a shipping company,the sum of US2.5M and the money was disguised to beat the security and it is currently deposited in a credit commission. I want you to recieve the money and pay it into your account for the me safely. I am offering you 15% for assistance to secure this money fast before it is located by our father's family brothers Contact me immediately so that I can give to you all other neccessary details. Kindly send The following information : 1Your names in full.......2)Your present adress......3)Your present occupation and position......4)Your personal id Card or photo...5)phone numbers..............Best regards.
Wilfred K
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