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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: damian <f_damian2@yahoo.cn>
Reply-To: f_damian@yahoo.cn
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:55:28 +0800 (CST)
Subject: GREETING FROM FELIX DAMIAN


GREETING FROM FELIX DAMIAN
COUNTRY: ABIDJAN, IVORY COAST
EMAIL ADDRESS:(f_damian@yahoo.cn)

My Name is Felix Damian,the only child of late Mr and Mrs Ben Damian from the republic of Liberia,Who died in our country for political reasons, However,before the death of my late father he asked me to move down to Abidjan with some important documents where he deposited the cash sum of ($9.500,000)Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars with a Bank here in Abidjan,and then look for a foriegner who will receive this money into his/her country oversea for onward investment,Then i will come over to join you, I contacted you for your urgent assistance,

1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.

2) To serve as the guardian of these fund ,since i am a small boy.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to procure me a residential permit in your country.

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund to your nominated account oversea.Please i will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded with in seven (7) working days from now.

I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.



Best regards.
Yours sincerely
Felix.



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