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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: "richard llody" <richardllody3@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 13:55:20 -0700
Subject: hello brother


HELLO BROTHER,
I AM UCHE HILLARY. I AM A NIGERIAN BUT I RESIDENCE IN NEW DELHI
THE CAPITAL OF INDIA. I AM FROM IDEMIL IN ANAMBRA STATE OF NIGERIA. I
RECEIVED YOUR FORMAT IN MY BOX AND DECIDED TO KNOW U. I AM A GUY MAN. I AM
INTO WASH WASH, COME AND CARRY, DIPLOMATIC LEVEL AND SO ON. I USE TO HAVE
CONFIRM INDIAN ACCOUNTS (AZA) IN CASE YOUR MAGA WANT TO PAY YOU HERE. I ALSO
HAVE CONTACTS IN MANY COUNTRIES.
BROTHER I WISH TO WORK TOGETHER WITH YOU SO THAT WE WILL SHARE MONEY ONE DAY
BY GRACE OF GOD. NO ONE IS A GODFATHER IN THIS BIZNESS, SO LETS KNOW EACH
OTHER SO THAT I WILL KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE THAT I DON'T HAVE, WE CAN EXCHANGE
CONTACTS AND TOOLS. BROTHER MY PROMISE TO YOU IS THAT I WON'T EAT YOUR OWN
AND I WON'T LIKE YOU TO EAT MINE. IF WE WORK WITH SINCERITY WE WILL EASILY
SHARE MONEY AND CONTINUE SHARING. CONTACT ME AT auch_egede@yahoo.com. THAT'S
MY EMAIL AND MY CHATTING ID. MY CONTACT NUMBER IS +919958160241. ADD ME IN
YOUR MESSENGER IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE AM ALWAYS ONLINE. MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

THANKS.

UCHE HILLARY.
+919958160241
auch_egede@yahoo.com

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