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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: william smith <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2008 14:22:45 +0000

FROM Mr.WILLIAM SMITHATTN : I am MR William Smith one of the member of the contract award committee and 14 project allocation manager of the Department of Minerals and Natural Resources such as crude oil in NIGERIA IN { AFRICA }I am in search of an agent or any one to assist us in the transfer of £7.5 Million (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Pound} in a bank in U.K and subsequent investment in properties in your country, so that when i came from the saudi i am preparing to go for an offshure so that when i will be back i will and see you in your countryYou will be required to..(1) Assist in the transfer of the said funds(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment(3) Assist us in purchase of properties or Profitable BusinessIf you decide to render your service to us in this regard, 20% of the total sum of £7.5 Million will be for you. Thank you and God bless as I awaits in anticipation of your fullest co-operation. Mr.WILLIAM SMITH

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