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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: "jim william" <jimwilliam20@biz.by>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 12:39:46 +0100
Subject: $1.5m COMPENSATION


Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to let you know about my success in getting those fund
transffered under the cooperation of a new partner from Greece. I didn't
forget your past efforts to assit me in transffering those funds.

Now contact my secretary Mr.David Nwauba his email is (d_nwauba02@yahoo.fr)
ask him to send you the total sum of (US$1.5 million)one million five
hundred thousand in A Certified bank draft which i raised for your
compensation .so feel free and get intouched with him and give him your
address where to send the cheque:

(i) FULL NAME ............
(ii) ADDRESS .........................
(iii) COUNTRY ..................
(iv) PRIVATE TEL ............................
(v) PRIVATE FAX . ....................................
(vi) OCCUPATION....................................

Let me know immediately you receive it for us to share the joy.i'm very busy
here with investment projects which i am having at hand, finally,i left
instruction to the secretary on your behalf,so feel free to get intouch with
him.

Best regards,
Mr.Ejim WILLIAM

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