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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: Elizabeth <>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2008 01:02:21 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear Beloved

Hello Dear Beloved

Greeting in the name of the almighty Father and How are you today Hope all is well with you and other members of your family to the glory of the almighty Father,

I hope that this e-mail will find you well and in good health.I write you this e-mail to seek for a possible investment co-operation and also an assistance in your country with some money which my late father deposited in the privet security company Four million, united state dollars.
($4,000.000.00 USD) in a security company HERE. I will be very glad to go into a possible investment co-operation in your country.If you are interested, do respond to me as soon as possible so that we can discuss in details.

So that I can tell you more about this project wait for your prompt response.
Thanks and may the almighty Lord bless you,
Yours Faithfully,
Ms Elizabeth.

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