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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: "Mario Douglas" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 14:46:37 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend:

Dear Friend:

I know you will be very surprise to read from someone relatively unknown to
you, First, I have to apologize for this unsolicited mail,. I am aware that
this is certainly an unconventional approach to start a relationship of this
nature, Pardon me for the mode that I have chosen to contact you,
inappropriate maybe, but prompted by utmost need and urgency, it's my
pleasure to make this contact to you in other to build a long time
relationship with you, this concerned a 100% unique transaction that
involved US$7,500,000.00 (From Million United States Dollars).

As a civil servant, I assisted a certain oil magnet, ( Mr. EMAD KHAIR M.
ALKHADRA) a Syrian Citizen to source crude oil from my country and supply to
his private refinery, In the deal, there was provision in the article of Non
Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement (NCNDA) which recognized and
approved the sum of US$1.00 to be payable to the facilitator representing
the seller agent as contained in the MOU signed and I was entitled to
US$1.00 dollar per barrel as my commission, Over time this my commission had
been with him because I can not provide account were he will send my share
because of the law prohibiting civil servant in my country to operate
foreign account.

Given these circumstances, I have been searching for a reliable company to
invest this fund before coming across your company. Due to the fact that in
my country civil servant were not allowed by law to operate a foreign
account or local account that will accommodate such fund hence I contacted
you for assistance to claim the funds and have full access to it, I needed a
foreign partner whom I can use to front the payment on his name as my
prospective partner who will assist me in receiving this money and put it
into investments areas to avoid Government raising eyebrow on me,

This is why and only reason why I contacted you, I am willing to invest the
fund into your company with your wealth of expirence.,So please if you are
interested to assist on this venture kindly contact me back for a brief
discussion on how to proceed via my private E-mail as follows

Mario Douglas
Peninsula Island (British)

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