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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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Fraud email example:

From: professor morgan jonathan <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:50:38 -0600
Subject: job offer

GPs Healthcare professionals ConsultantCancer Services, 250 Euston Road, LondonNW1 2PGDear Sir/Madam,Please permit me to write you irrespective of the fact we have not metbefore. I got your contact through network online hence I decided towrite you. I would be very interested in offering you a part-timepaying job in which you could earn up to $4,000 a month in extraincome. Getting an accountant in the EUROPE/USA/CANADA or opening anaccount would have been my best choice if I was not working on adeadline that must meet a 24 hour turn around time, other options arenot on my side due to time, money, and requirements. This is why I amoffering a part time opportunity to someone responsible who can supplyprompt assistant and service.JOB DESCRIPTION:Work as my payment assistant in charge of collecting and processingthe payments from the associates.1. Receive payment (inform of money orders/checks) from myClients/Associates.2. Cash the Payments at your Bank3. Deduct 10%, which will be your percentage/pay on Payment processed.4. You will then forward the balance via Western Union Money Transferaccording to my instruction.REQUIREMENT:18 years or older.Legal resident of USA/CANADA& EUROPEResponsible, Reliable and TrustworthyAvailable to work a minimum 3-4 hours per week.Able to check and respond to emails often.Easy telephone access.IS THIS LEGAL? YESIt is very legal; my lawyer checked all legal provisions concerningany domestic or international law against businesses or deals ofdomestic monetary trade. Doing this business is 100% safe and legal. Iwould be glad if you accept my proposal for an opportunity to make up10% of each transaction completed.Please reply via email with complete information as requested:NAME,STREET ADDRESS (NOT P.O BOX),PHONE NUMBER,AGE,SEX,OCCUPATIONYOUR COUNTRYE MAILAll replies should be sent to thisEmail: Regards,Professor Jonathan Morgan
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