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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: 1488433 <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 14:55:12 -0700

My dear friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the co-operation of a new partiner from
paraguay.Presently i'm in Japan for investment projects with my own
share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts
and attempts to assist me in transffering those funds despite that it
failed us somehow.

Now contact my secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his name is Mr,
chinedu his 
email ask him to send you the total
$1.200,000.00 bank draft which i raised in your favour for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in
this matter.i appreciated your efforts at that time very feel
free and get in touched with my secretary Mr,chinedu Favour,  and
instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediatelyyou receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the sufferness at that the moment, i'm very
busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partiner are having athand, finally, remember that i had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf,so feel free to contact
him now to eneble him send your money to you without any delay.
Mr,Joseph Emmy

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