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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: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 20:45:57 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?GOO=20=20NEWS=20=20TO=20YOU?=

Hello dearest friend
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting
that fund transferred to a Swiss account. I did not forget your past
effort to assist me despite the fact that It failed us somehow so I
some amount for you in my own appreciation for your compensation.Now I
want you to contact my present secretary My former
secretary Mrs. Rose Khobe is on marternity leave and wont be around
next year. Contact my present secretary and direct
on how to send the fund to you.

Call him or email him and ask him to send you the total sum of
one Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars in a certified
international bank draft issued from UBS AG, Switzerland, which I have
kept for your compensation.
Best regards,

Dr. mike jime

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