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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: "Pauly Edem" <ept01@student.com>
Reply-To: ept01@centrum.sk
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 02:51:34 -0700
Subject: I AM EXPECTING YOUR REPLY PLEASE


I am Edem Paul during my search in my mothers private room i saw document
showing that this amount (USD $8.2Million) was deposited in abroad.

My Mother married My father for 10 years without a child, then I was adopted
into the family, Since my parents died i find it difficult to relate with
other polygamous family members as there are so much envy among them selves.


Since the death of my parents their family relations and other of his wifes
started treating me as an outcast and has taking total control of my parent
properities.


For two months i had blood cancer illness and they negleted me and not
providing adquate care, in other way want me dead. my Doctor told me that i
will get a better treatment in overseas, but i dont have with me money to
handle this matter because of my present situation.


This is why i decided to make external Foreigner contact who can stand for
me as my foreign representative and collect the momey from the finance firm
as the foreign partner,and urgently make the arrangement for me to come over
to your country, as i will like to live and study over there after my
treatment.


I will not want to use our family name in making any transfer from the
Finance Firm to the bank, this is for security reasons, and to avoid any
intruder from my parents relations to know during fund transfer process.
This is why i need the fund to be secured in a bank account under another
persons name.


I BELIEVE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND MY REASON AND WHY IT SURPOSE TO GO THIS WAY, IT
IS FREE OF RISK BUT I AM AVOIDING MY PARENTS WICKED PEOPLE NOT TO KNOW ABOUT
THIS MONEY AS I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOW ABOUT THIS.


All I required in pure heart is a partner to work with and achieve this
transaction. Hence I can not do this alone, i deem it better dealing with an
external person whom after the business wil quietly take his share and has
nothing to do with my country or member of my family and the transaction
will lay covered.


Non of my late parents wife, family or relation know about this deposited
funds in overseas, i do not want them to know because if they do they will
size it and i will have nothing.

If you are willing to help me secure this funds for the sake of God and
humanity, kindly contact me back and make your comment, so that we can talk
more for understanding and plan ahead.


Thanks
Edem Paul

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