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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: franca_donna@live.fr
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 14:20:12 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.



Dear Friend.

You might find it difficult to remember me again though it has not
been quite a long time, I am very happy to inform you about my success
in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new
partner from Australia Mr Alain Cooper.

Presently, I'm in South Asia for the purpose of surgery my own share
of the money, considering your effort during those trying period
though it did not workout, I have raised a 1.000.000.00EURO ICBBD] in
your name as your COMPENSATION but handed it over to a very good
friend of mine in Benin Republic Dr Kessinger

Therefore now, I want you to contact Dr kessinger on the information
below, he is the Transfer/Foreign Remittance Director of Eco bank
Benin via his E-mail :( kessingerecob@sify.com ) for him to advise you
on how to send you the ONE MILLION EURO INTERNATIONAL CASHIER BOND
BANK DRAFT compensation fund.

Contact him with your below stated information for more details:

FULL NAMES.................
MAILING ADDRESS............
HOUSE TELEPHONE NUMBER..........
MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBER.........
OCCUPATION.................
AGE..................
MARITAL STATUS..................

Let me know once you have received your fund to enable us share the
joy together.

Thanks and may God bless you.

Mrs Franca Donna



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