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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: "drnorton26" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 09:41:22 +0000
Subject: Rev: Dr Norton Woloma

My Dear Friend,

You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact you again, after a long time. It takes fate, courage and God's fearing to remember old friends and at the same time, to show gratification to them, despite circumstances that made things to not work out as we projected then.

I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I decided to contact you just to let you know. You are advised to stop any further communication with your local representative(s) any officials (s) department whom may call or email you concerning the check draft what sum of $1,300,000.00 except ECO SECURITY & FINANCE DIPLOMATIC COMPANY in Benin Republic.

Meanwhile, I must inform you that I am presently in India for numerous business negotiations and establishments.

I just arrived yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel and decided to go down to the hotel business centre to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed to the Sum of $1,300,000.00 ONE MILLION THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD) only in your name as a COMPENSATION to your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it were during those trying period.

I have registered your Cheque Draft.but the manager of financial trust bank Benin told me that before the check will get to you that it will expire.
So I told him to cash $1,300,000.00 US Dollars and all the necessary arrangement of delivering of the $1,300,000.00 in cash was made with Eco Security & Finance Diplomatic Company Benin Republic.

Please write a letter of application to the given address below.
Dr.Rasheed Musa Ali
Phone 00229 97020249

Note: The Diplomats Who Will Bring The Consignment To Any Place Of Your Choice Does Not Know The Original Contents Of The Box. I Made Them To Understand That The Boxes Contains A Sensitive Photographic Film Material Instead Of Money For Security Reasons.
Send them your contacts information to enable them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX .This is what they need from you.

1.YOUR FULL NAME----------------------------
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS-------------------------
5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE--------------------------
6.YOUR AGE----------------------------------------

Rev: Dr Norton Woloma

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