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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: "b.justice" <b.justice@laposte.net>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2008 10:17:19 +0100 (CET)
Subject: ACCEPT THIS FOR YOUR PAST EFFORT


Dear friend,
I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that
fund.Now, I want you to contact my secretary on the information
below:Name: Mr.Willma Jerry, Ask him to send to you the total sum of
($1.200.000.00) US Dollars in a bank draft, which I keptfor your
compensation. So contact him immediately on his e-mail:
(willmajerry1@yahoo.fr) and send him the below information to enable
him deliver your bank draft to you..
1.YOUR FULL NAME:_________________
2.YOUR ADDRESS:____________________________
3.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________
4.OCCUPATION:_________________
Regards,B JUSTICE

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