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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 20:44:52 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: From: Donald Clark.


My name is Donald Clark,Director of Finance in ASHLAND OIL South Africa.I have the honor to ask for your

patnership in a business transaction with a Minister of petroleum in Government who wanted to move the sum of 105

million dollars for investment in US.Because of strict laws over involvement of Government officials in business

transaction,he has asked me to link the business to any capable US Company to handle the transaction.

The money will come to your account as proceed of oil contract which was awarded to you.All documents covering this

claim will be provided by the Government.If you are interested,kindly forward to me name and address of the

company you want to use,Bank name,address,and account number.

We shall work together to send the fund into your account,and 30percent goes to you,70percent to the Minister.


From: Donald Clark.

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Inf&oacute;rmate pinchando aqu&iacute;.

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