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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: APEX BANK <apexbankzone11@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 01:47:16 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: VERY URGENT


YOUR MAIL WAS RECIEVED BUT I AM NOT HAPPY THAT UPTILL NOW YOU DO NOT TRUST THIS OFFICE, WELL I OR THIS OFFICE IS NOT ASKING YOU FOR FINANCIAL HELP FOR WE ARE WELL PAID AND IF I CAN TELL YOU THAT WITH MY POSITION IN THE MINISTRY, I WILL NEVER EVER BEG FOR WHAT TO EAT EVEN MY NEXT GENERATION SO, BEAR IN MIND THAT THE MONEY YOU ARE ASKED TO PAY IS NOT GOING INTO MY OWN POCKET BUT RATHER INTO THE FADERAL GOVERNMENT REVENUE ACCOUNT.

FURTHERMORE, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT ME TO TELL AGAIN FOR YOU TO BELIEVE , YOU HAVE MY NAME YOU HAVE MY PERSONAL PHONE AND MY OFFICE CONTACT AND I BELIEVE ITS ENOUGH FOR YOU TO EXCEPT ALL I HAVE TOLD YOU IN REPECT OF THIS TRANSACTION.

WELL ALL IS LEFT FOR YOU TO DECIDE ON WHAT GOOD TO DO, BUT DO NOT SAY I DO NOT TELL YOU EALIER,IF YOU LIKE YOU CAN GO BACK TO THOSE PEOPLE BUT I MUST TELL YOU THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, EVEN IF YOU SEND $100,000.00 DOLLARS TO THEM , I AM ASSURING YOU THAT YOU WILL NEVER EVER RECIEVE THE MONEY EVEN BEYOUND THE WORLD.

I ASKED YOU FOR YOUR PHONE NUMBER BUT UPTILL NOW YOU HAVE NOT CARE TO SEND IT TO ME EVEN MY OWN YOU CAN NOT CALL FOR MY PHONE IS ALWAYS FREE SO I SEE NO REASON WHY YOU WILL BE TELLING ME THAT MY PHONE IS NOT GOING WELL IF YOU CAN NOT SEND ME YOUR OWN, YOU CAN TRY ME ONCE AGAIN ON THE SAMR NUMBER 234-806-943-6519 THEN WE CAN TALK.

I WISH ALL YOU WISH YOUR SELF.

REGARDS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

DR. USMAN DABA.


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