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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: Sila Mong <sms784_539@msn.com>
Reply-To: <drs.mong@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2009 11:59:31 +0000
Subject: COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY




COMPLIMENT OF THE DAY
FROM DR SILA MONG.
Dear Friend,
I am a banker by profession in (B.O.A) and currently holding the F.O.M. in our bank. I have the opportunity of transferring the left over funds ($11.5M) of one of my bank clients who died along with his entire family. on 31july 2000 in a plane crash. for confirmation see this web site
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/859479.stm

Hence,i am inviting you for this business deal where this money can be shared between us in the ratio of 60/40 .If you agree to my business proposal, further details of the transfer will be forwarded to you as soon as i receive your return mail.
Have a great day. yours,
Dr Sila Mong
Please send your Reply to my new email address.
Email: drs.mong@gmail.com

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