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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: john mark <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 12:15:46 +0100

My Dear, How are you today?, I hope you're fine. The Fee for your Draft have been paid.but the manager ofAfrican Development Bank (ADB)Benin told me that before thecheck will get to you that it will expire. So i told him to cash out the £1,000,000.00 all the necessaryarrangement has been made to deliver the £1,000,000.00 to yourdesignated address through Diplomatic immunity withGLOBAL BASIC COURIER COMPANY.Contact the Manager of theCourier company immediately. DR.Martins NombetteEMAIL: 93235565 This in the information they need to delivery your Consignmentfund to you.Therefore contact the courier company with theinformation blow to send your consignment to you. 1.YOUR FULL NAME2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.3.YOUR CURRENT PRIVATE TELEPHONE NUMBER.4.YOUR OCCUPATION.5.YOUR AGE6. CONSIGNMENT NUMBER: JKT0014523
N.B: Remenber to quote the consignment number as you contact thecourier company for identification. SincerelyJohn Mark
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