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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: Dr Wema Ngoyi <wemangoyi2@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <dr_wemangoyi65@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:03:53 +0100
Subject: DEAR EDGAR CAN I TRUST YOU?



ATTN: MR EDGAR.

DEAR SIR,

GOOD DAY, PLEASE DO ACCEPT MY SINCERE APOLOGIES IF MY MAIL DOES NOT MEET YOUR PERSONAL ETHICS.

CONSEQUENT UPON MY EXCLUSIVE MEETING WITH SOME OFFICIALS OF A GOVERNMNET ORGANISATION OVER A CRUCIAL AND SENSITIVE ISSUE YESTERDAY, I AM INCLINED TO INVOLVE YOU IN THIS TRANSACTION BASED ON MY CONVICTION OF YOUR PROVEN INTERGRITY.

THE ISSUE IS THE UNITED NATION IN THEIR USUAL FASHION WILL BE GIVEN OUT SOME AMOUNT OF FUND TO THE WEST AFRICA SUB-REGION TO ASSIST IN THE FIGHT AGAINST (HIV-AIDS) SCOURGE.

BENIN REPUBLIC IS THEREFORE A NATURAL BENEFICIARY OF THIS GLOBAL GESTRURE TO WHICH THE SUM OF (US$8.6 MILLION) EIGHT MILLION SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS HAS BEEN ALLOTED AND ALSO DUE FOR IMMIDIATE PAYMENT.

HOWEVER, THE ESSENCE OF OUR YESTERDAY MEETING WAS ON HOW TO SECURE A RELIABLE ACCOUNT OUT SIDE BENIN REPUBLIC TO RECEIVE PART OF THIS FUNDS (US$ 4.3 MILLION)4ON BEHALF OF THE OFFICIALS FOR A VERY EXCLUSIVE DISBURSEMENT WITH THE ACCOUNT OWNER'S BASED ON AGREED TERMS.

THE UNITED NATION OFFICIALS HAS AGREED AND CONSENTED TO ISSUE THE PAYMENT CHEQUE ON THE NAMES TO BE SUPPLIED BY THE OFFICIALS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, HENCE IAM REQUESTING YOU AS A MATTER OF URGENCY TO FORWARD TO ME A VERY RELIABLE ACCOUNT NAME TO RECEIVE THIS FUND (US$ 1.3 MILLION).

FURTHERMORE, YOU SHOULD ALSO STATE YOUR CONDITIONS AS WELL FOR ONWARD TRANSMISSION TO THE OFFICIALS. I WAIT IN ANTICIPATION OF YOUR QUICK RESPONSE AS OTHERS TOO ARE INTERESTED IN SECURING THIS ACCOUNT.

CONTACT ME BACK WITH INCLUDING YOUR PRIVATE TELEPHONE NO FOR EASY COMMUNICATION.

THANKS AND REGARDS,DR. W. NGOYI.
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