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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: lee margret <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:40:07 +0100
Subject: compensation

Dear Sir/madam,

Thanks for your email that i received today from you, Before I contacted you for real estate invesments of 35 million dollars, but it do not work out for both of us , i have to contact an other person whom help me to invest the fund for the real estate business, so as a man of God i have to compensat you with 925.000.00 dollars which i gave to my lawyer before i travel to italy where i was investing the fund, so please contact my lawyer ok .Contact Person Barrister Amaru Amadi , Email:

so the casher check is with him, contact him with your mailing address and your courier account number to send you the check as soon as possible.

God bless you Aman,

Lee margret
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