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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: prof soludo charels central ba <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:16:50 +0200 (CEST)


This is to inform you about my success in getting the money moved under the co-operation of a new partner from England Mr.Anthony Adams.

Presently i'm in England for investment. Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in moving the cash despite that both of us could not make it.
Now contact my secretary,her name is Miss Queen Obi and her email address is ( ask her to send you US$1.5m which I kept for you as compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.
I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Miss. Obi and instruct her where to send it to you.

Please do let me know immediately when you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here investing with my new partner finally, I have forwarded instruction to my secretary to send the money to you, so feel free to get in touch with her and she will send the money to you without any delay.

Best Regards,
Prof Charles Soludo

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