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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:17:03 +0100

Dear Friend,
I need your services in a confidential matter regarding money out of a
family beneficiary deposit for investment in your country as such i decided
to establish contact with you for assistance.
This requires a private arrangement,as you will receive these funds under
legal claims; all legal documents will be carefully worked out to ensure a
risky free claim.
I am willing to pay a generous management fee as well as appreciation as
soon as this transaction is completed.I have all the details,all
correspondences will be via email, for now. The funds in question are quite
I will expect a straight answer from you. Yes or No.If yes, Kindly furnish
me with your personal information which must include your full information,
1) Your Full Name.
2) Phone, Fax and Mobile #.
3) Home/Company Address.
4) Age/Sex
5) Occupation
Please Send me an e-mail as soon as you receive this letter for further
discussion and more clarification.
Thanks and God Bless You.
Mr Richard Blakes
Tel: 0034693243253
Email <>

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