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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: "Mrs Vivian Anthony." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 01:23:17 -0700
Subject: Your International Cashier Bank Draft Worth Ten Million Usd,

My Dear Friend,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay.Although
you might find it difficult to remember me, since it has indeed been a
very long time.

However, I am much elated and privileged to contact you again after this
long time. While it takes faith and courage to remember old friends and at
the same time, to show gratitude to them inspite of circumstances that may
have disrupted our transaction ultimately not to work out as we projected.

Nevertheless, I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we
were pursuing then together, finally worked out by the infinite mercy of
GOD Almighty and I've decided to contact you,just to let you know the
present situation.

I must inform you also that I am presently in Paraguay for business
negotiations and establishment, and, with a sincere heart, I have raised
and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft, to the tune of
US$10,000,000.00 (Ten Million United States Dollars) in your name as
COMPENSATION for your dedication and humane contribution as it were. I
will be very busy here at the moment because of the investment projects
that me and my new partners are having at hand.

Do not also accept any fax or telephone calls that do not come from my
secretary. He is the only person I instructed and directed on how to
deliver the draft to you.

Therefore, I implore you to contact him immediately you read this message
for further information on how to receive your draft, for I have
conscience as a human being, and I really appreciated your tremendious
effort and contribution made to make things work out but which we couldn't
complete due to circumstances beyond our control.

In view of this, you are to contact my secretary in the person of
Mr.Paul Roland. find below his contact.

Contact person : Dr.Justice Christopher
Contact Phone number: +234-803-188-4137

Note: He is waiting to hear from you so that he can ship the ICBD to your
residence/office address as you may instruct him to.

Take note and bear in mind that the International Cashier Bank Draft has a
validity period of 64 banking days, as such it is expedient you contact
him and thus have modality put in place to conclude this arrangement in
the earliest possible time.

Mrs Vivian Anthony.

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