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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: "Booster Tech Co Ltd." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 01:28:12 +0000

RE: OUR PAYMENT HAS BEEN APPROVED. I am sorry I have not email you in quite some time. My former e-mailaddress was affected with virus so I could not access my files again. Butfortunately my Secretary found your email address from her office filethat was the reason for the gap in communication. It might interest you to know that the payment of $9.8 (Nine MillionEight Hundred Thousand US Dollars) for the supply of AgriculturalEquipment we made to PAJAR INTEGRATED FARMS LIMITED GHANA has been approved. I left Taiwan for Ghana to sign all the necessary documents as requiredby the company. I did not neglect you, I had to rush as it was amatter of urgency hence I was working for our good.As we previously agreed on the M.O.U., your company is entitled to $3.8(Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand US Dollars) which covers yourfinancial investment and percentage.Considering what we encountered during our last transaction, I stronglyrecommend that you send fresh bank information for your own payment.Don¡¦t forget that your previous account information we used on thelast transaction was questioned.My return ticket back to Taiwan expires after 5 days, I will appreciateif you will hurry and send the account information, so that I can wireyour part before my departure.I know as a traveler, you may not be in your country now, so you canprovide any trusted account that you can confirm within five (5) days assoon as I remit your part.Sincerely, Mr Steven Tseng Executive DirectorBooster Tech Co., Ltd.Office: 9F.-4, No.1, Lane 641, Shenlin S. Rd., Daya Township, Taichung 428,
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