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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: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 15:09:43 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Contact=20Mr=2EJohn=20Koko=20for=20your=20bank=20draft=20immediately?=

My Dear Friend,
This is to thank you for your past effort.I understand that your hands were
tied.Do not worry any more.I have succeeded,the money has been transfered
into the account provided by a newly found friend and business partner of
mine from Mexico.
This is to compensate you because of your past assistance and commitments.I
have dropped a bank draft of US$1.300,000.00(One million three hundred thousand
United State Dollar for you )for you.
I am in Mexico with my wife presently.I do intend to establish some business
concerns here,and possibly buy some properties.Contact my secretary, Mr.John
Koko on his direct email address.
Attn; John Koko
Phone; +229 9379 8095
Forward my mail to him,then ask him to send the draft to you.
And do send him with this informations below.
Your full Names;
Home addresses;
With your Cellphone number;
Take good care of your self.

Cletus Adams.

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