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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:
- This email message is a "New Partner from Paraguay" scam.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
Fraud email example:
From: peter Dejiko <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2009 18:49:34 -0700
Subject: A compensation on your assistant to me
Hello my friend.
I'm sorry but happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
Transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from England though I
tried my best to as I involved you in the business but God decided on the
Situations, you involved your money and no avail in getting the money to
Presently I am in England for investment projects with my own
money after my new partner has deducted his share out of the total sum.
Meanwhile I didn't forget youre present past efforts and
assistant to me to get the funds across to your place despite
that there was no avail in all.
Now contact my secretary in Nigeria her name is Mrs. Sandra Obong on her
E-mail address (Sandra_ige2000@ymail.com)
Ask her to send you the total sum of ($6.000.000.00) which I kept for your
Compensation for all the past efforts and money you spent trying to assist
me in the
Matter I appreciated your efforts in all very much. So feel free and get in
Touched with my secretary Mrs. S. Obong and instruct her where to send
The money 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, Im very busy
Here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are
Having at hand, finally,
Remembers that I had forwarded instructions to my secretary on your behalf
To send you the money, so feel free to get in touch with Mrs. Sandra
I. Obong She will send the above amount to you without any delay. This
of firstname.lastname@example.org is my new mail addresses do not write me again on
the other ones you have before it has been harked after I cheek my mail in a
Good luck Felix
i can also receive an SMS.