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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: "Consult"<consult3030@excite.com>
Reply-To: cconsult70@yahoo.com
Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2007 06:45:02 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: FROM DR MRS MARIAM ABACHA










Dear It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venturewhich I and my Son,intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe,one has to riskconfiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of Twleve million U.S dollars($25,000,000.00) which my late Husband kept for us in a security storage house here in NIGERIA an before he was posioned by unknow persons.Now me and my son decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.We want you to help us to transfer this fund to your country for investment purposes on the followings below: If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund. It is very important that you forward to me your full name your private telephone and fax to you. numbers/occupation,to enable me send all relevant documents pertaining the deposit of this fund hence I will not want to
be exposed this is to aviodlosing the money. I await your soonest response. Thank you and God bless you. Sincerely, DR MRS.MARIAM ABACHA



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