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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: sheriff moore <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:42:14 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting below funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Belgium . Presently I and my family are now in Brussels Belgium for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Although I later realized that you were not capable enough to execute the transaction with me then, but nevertheless I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow, however, you should contact my family attorney in Abuja ( Nigeria ) Dr. Christopher. Williams on Email: his phone number TEL: +234-70-27950454 To furnish you with the Documents of your Compensation fund of $350,000.00 United States dollars which I have deposited in a security vault in Madrid Spain for safe keeping while waiting for your collection all modalities concerning the deposit fund has been worked out. As you advice to expedite urgent contact with the above named person However I appreciated your efforts so far regards to the transaction. So feel free and get in touched with my attorney Dr Christopher Williams to liaise with him on how to receive your fund. Please do let me know immediately you receive the Fund, so that we can share the joy after all the suffer ness at that time. in the moment, Iam very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner is having at hand, so feel free to get in touch with Dr. Christopher. William, he will attend to you without delay. Regards, Mr Sheriff Moore
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