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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: Robert Nadine <rnadinrnadin29@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <rnadinrnadin11@hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 11:28:38 -0500
Subject: Luggage Delivered To Your Address.



Luggage Delivered To Your Address.Dear Friend I know this letter will come to you as a surprise because you do not know me before; my name is Mr.Robert Nadine Director Cargo Department, Bank of Ghana. During the airlift of some presidential luggage's to Europe I and my colleagues in the above department unanimously decided to include additional luggage containing USD$3.750 million only for our own benefit though it was labeled "Photographic Equipment" for security reasons. I am obliged to contact you to assist us on getting the luggage cleared from the agent and delivered to you. As we have agreed on the following tames.(1) All relevant documents to claim the luggage will be procure in your name to enable the agent deliver the luggage to your mailing address. (2) You will be entitled to a share of 25% of the total amount. (3) 75% of the total amount will be for my colleagues and i. If this business terms and conditions are ok by you, kindly contact me on this mail address, also, furnish me with your full names, mailing address and your personal telephone / fax numbers, for easier communication for immediate forwarding to the agent in Europe. Note that this business is 100% risk free, as all relevant documents to back up the claim will be procure on your name, however we advice you to keep the entire transaction close to yourself until you received the luggage. For security reasons other modalities will be discussed as soon as you response to me.Yours Faithfully Mr. Robert NadineDirector Cargo Dept+233245050870 (Tel)
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