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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: "Ubbi Farto" <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 19:41:09 +0100

Dear Friend,

Longest time, i hope all is well together with your family,if so glory be to
God almighty.

Well,Sorry to hear this news and understand that the fault is not from
me.I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Dominicana.Presently
i'm in Dominicana for investment projects with my own share of the total

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring this fund despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my
secretary in Benin Republic his name is mr PATCOOL JENNY on his email is ( call him +229-9301-3336

Ask him to send you the total Amount of $1,250,000.00 u.s dollars which i
kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist
me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so
feel free and get in touch with my secretary and instruct him where to send
the cheque as you know it was issued in a certfied bank draft which you will
cash in any bank approved or owned by government of any country.

Please do let me know immediately if you cash the money so that we can share
the joy togather after all the sufferness at that time. Right now,I am very
busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner
are having at hand

Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the secretary on your
behalf to send the draft cheque to you immediately, so feel free to get in
touch with ,PATCOOL, he will send the money immediately to you without any

Thank you and congratulations as God has done it for me.

Best regards,

Dr.Farto Ubbi

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