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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: jimpeters36@freenet.de
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:47:21 +0100
Subject: YOUR AWAITING PAYMENT.


HELLO DEAR ,

THEIR IS GOOD NEWS TODAY, BECAUSE WE JUST RECEIVED
INSTRUCTION FROM BARRISTER, WILLIAM COLE, TO CONTACT YOU TODAY.

AS
YOU KNOW, BEFORE BARRISTER, WILLIAM COLE, LEFT THIS COUNTRY HE DEPOSITED
A CASHIER\'S CHECK OF ($1,800,000.00) WITH US, HOPING THAT YOU WILL
CONTACT THIS COMPANY AND RECEIVED IT BUT SINCE THEN WE HAVE BEEN WAITING
TO HEAR FROM YOU BUT THERE WAS KNOW CONTACT FROM YOU.

THE GOOD NEWS
TODAY IS THAT BARRISTER WILLIAM COLE, HAVE CONTACTED US BACK WITH YOUR
EMAIL ADDRESS ASKING THIS COMPANY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU, BECAUSE WE
HAVE BEEN RESTLESSLY WAITING FOR YOUR MAIL.

ACTUALLY YOU ARE THE
RIGHTFUL BENEFICIARY OF THE CASHIER CHECK, WITH CODE (2661428) AS IT WAS
IN OUR RECORD, KINDLY FILL THE BELOW FORM AND REPLY BACK ASAP, CALL ME
AS SOON AS YOU REPLY THIS MAIL TO ENABLE US ACT FAST.

RECONFIRM THIS
BELOW INFORMATION BACK TO US.

1. YOUR FULL NAME:
2. YOUR HOME
ADDRESS:
3. YOUR CURRENT TELEPHONE NUMBER:

BARRISTER WILLIAM COLE, HAS
PAID FOR THE DELIVERING CHARGES OF $775 UNITED STATE DOLLARS SINCE LAST
YEAR, THE ONLY MONEY YOU HAVE TO PAY NOW IS THE SECURITY KEEPING FEE
WHICH IS ONLY $275 US DOLLARS, AND YOU RECEIVED YOUR CHECK, DON\'T BE
DECEIVED BY ANYBODY, SO RECONFIRM IN OTHER FOR YOU RECEIVED YOUR CHECK.


THANKS AND GOD BLESS YOU AS WE AWAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR REPLY ON THIS
EMAIL ADDRESS:(trustlinkcourierservice20007@voila.fr).

MR.
STEPHEN.
TRUST LINK COURIER SERVICE.
PHONE: +229-9715-0853








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