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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: Sat, 15 Dec 2007 03:17:15 +0900 (JST)

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring these funds despite that it failed us some how. so please don't think much about every thing i believes that it is the will of our almighty God,

Now contact my solicitor a lawyer in Abidjan, his name is ( Barrister Gerald Anele ) ask him to send you the total of (us $50,000.00, Dollars) Fifty thansand dollars which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts
at that time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my solicitor (Barrister Gerald Anele) and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, I知 very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I forwarded instruction to the
solicitor on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with (Barrister Gerald Anele) he will send the amount to you without any delay because I wrote a check on your behalf.

Here is the lawyer's Email address:

Name: barrister Gerald Anele.

Forward your full information to him and make arrangement with him on how you will recieve the cheque.

I wait very urgent to hear from you immediately you recieve the money.

Thanks and remain bless,
Yours Faithfully,


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