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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: "ZEYNAB MOGOM" <mogomzeynab@ig.com.br>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2008 09:58:12 +0200
Subject: FROM MRS ZEYNAB WILLIAMS.


DEAREST FRIEND,

I AM MRS WILLIAMS ZEYNAB THE WIFE TO MR WILLIAMS WHO CONTACTED YOU IN A
TRANSACTION WHICH HE LETER SUCCEDED AND I AM VERY HAPPY TO INFORM YOU
ABOUT HIS SUCCESS IN GETTING THOSE FUND TRANSFERED WITH A VERY GOOD GOD
FEARING SOMONE AND MY HELTH CONDITION IS GETTING BETER NOW WITH TYPE OF
TREATMENT APLYIED WHICH I HAVE BEEN SERCHING FOR YOUR CONTACT INFORMATIONS
AS TO SHOW APRESIATION FOR YOUR HELP TO HIM DURING ALL THOSE TIME
YOU ATEMTED IT, DOUGH IT FAILS US SOME HOW AND I BELIVE THAT THIS SHOULD BE
YOUR CONTACT ADDRESS, WHICH HE INSTRUCTED ME TO CONTACT YOU FOR A
COMPENSATION BEFOR HE DIED AFTER SOME BRIEF ILNESS,AND WILL NEVER FORGET
YOUR ATTEMPT TO HELP AND ALSO YOUR EFORT TO HIM.

NOW I WANT YOU TO CONTACT CURRIER EXPRESS NATIONAL BENIN FOR THE DELIVERY OF
THE CHEQE ON THE INFORMATION BELOW AND RECEIVE YOUR COMPENSATION OF $
1.2.000.000 USDOLLARS: AND YOU HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEY DID NOT KNOW THE
CONTENT OF THE ENVELOP AS CHEQE FOR SECURITY RESEANS.

*CURRIER EXPRESS NATIONAL BENIN*
*23 MISSEBO ROAD SEGBEYA, AKPAKPA COTONOU
BENIN REPUBLIC.
PHONE: +229 97 69 80 74*
*FAX: +229 21 33 03 55
EMAIL: info_courr@yahoo.fr<http://fr.mc282.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=info_courr@yahoo.fr>
Or
expnational@sify.com*


SEND TO THEM THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION FOR THE EASY DELIVERY:
YOUR FULL NAME;...............................
YOUR ADDRESS:.................................
YOUR COUNTRY:................................
YOUR AGE:........................................
YOUR OCCUPATION:................................
YOUR PHONE NUMBER:.............................

NOTE ALSO THAT I WILL NOT BE REACHED BY EMAIL OR PHONE FOR NOW BECAUSE I AM
CORRENTLY AWAY FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSE WITH OUR SHARE AND I WILL BE BUSY TILL
ABOUT SIX MONTHS TIME OR A YEAR.

REGARDS,
MRS ZEYNAB WILLIAMS.

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