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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: "banker vincent" <>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2008 10:07:18 +0100
Subject: Re; Compensation

Hello !!!

You remembered i told you that i will make it? people loose and miss their
luck due to lack of wisdom knowledge understanding and impatient it is me
and you who supposed to get this funds alone but you felt that i am
cheating you then,after you left every thing for me i decided to contact a
new partner that can assist me financially in this transaction.

However I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay. Presently
I'm in Paraguay
for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i
didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me on that project
then despite that it failed us some how.

Now contact my secretary in Lome Togo his name is John David with this
email and phone number 00228 986 88 25 ask him to send
you the total of $1.5000.00 (one million five hundred thousand us dollars)
which i kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to
assist me in this matter. I
appreciated your efforts at that time very matter you were impatient
to conclude the transaction,so feel free and get in touched with my
secretary John David and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferings at that time. in the moment, I'm very busy here
because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having
at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary
on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free
to get in touch with John David , he will send the amount to you without
any delay.


Mr Naso Vincent

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