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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: "" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Dec 2007 15:46:32 +0100 (MET)
Subject: personal

Ref: WM/ITN/233/07
Kind Attention Required.
I have gone through your company's profile which informed my
contemplation to enquire in confidence, we can jointly do some
and legal stock transfer trading together based on a Joint Venture.
I have an operative international certified acceptable Medium Term
Note Stock (Program) le, which I was thinking we could work with you
reassign the account to your name, and I assume as so said of you to
powerful in the financial, that after the reassignment, the amount
would be transferred to your bank account.
The principal amount of the POF is US$20Million, and I have already
worked out modalities to execute the transfer successfully; hence I
of you to confirm ASAP whether or not you are interested.
The BOE is an irrevocable Bank Operative Instrument, which you can
as collateral to bank against a loan immediately we fully reassign to
you, which means your bank can even borrow against it. I shall send
evidence of funds which once can still through bank-to-bank confirm
I would appreciate that you get back to me upon receipt of this
important mail on your opinion towards a lasting business
george c.akwasi

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