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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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Fraud email example:

From: "JuelSyno" <>
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2008 19:39:13 +0200
Subject: Dr JUEL SYNO

                                                Attn Sir, Compliments of the day, am  JUEL SYNO,i based in côte D' ivoire,personal attorney to late Mr Jimmy Recept. Prior to the level of things at hand,I wish to inform you that in all ratifications you  are credible to be my partner in this transaction .  I am presently under pressure from the Security Company as they have forwarded few weeks notice to me, to present the next of kin to my late client so they can effect payment of $8 Million United State Dollars  deposited by my late client before his death last three years. Due to this level,i decided to contact you via email and got your contact information's through an international business directory.This transaction is brought to you  with trust and I strongly believe that I can trust you in this rewarding transaction I put it to you that this transaction will not in anyway violate any rules of country cause every process regarding this transaction will be rooted under a legitimate arrangement.  With your permission, I will proceed to establish you as the next of kin/Beneficiary to my late client. As soon as you furnish me with this information,  1:Full name age and sex
2:Address, State and Country.
4:Telephone and Fax number.  I will then give you instructions to contact the Security Company as the Next of Kin to my late client which will enable you instruct them to transfer the deposited funds into another account you will provide, after which we shall then share the funds. I have agreed to give you 50% of the total fund  for the assistance you are about to render.  l await for your response Best Regards Dr JUEL SYNO

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