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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: Irene James <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 08:36:57 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: Hello My dear,

Hello My dear,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into financial transaction with you for our mutual benefits hence i write with do respect, i am Miss.Irene James from Liberia in West Africa, I am a lady,with black hair,brown eyes,5fts 7inches tall,weigh 59kgs.

I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction, dear i got your contact in a cause of serious search in internet for a transaction partner,i wish to invest in a manufacturing and real estatemanagement industry in your country, i have four million,five hundred thousand united state dollars to invest in industry and i will require your assistance in recieving the funds into your position in your country.

please it is important you contact me immediately for more clearifications on the next step hence it is my wish to relocate to your country as soon as this transaction is concluded.
Awaiting your immediate response.
Miss.Irene James

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