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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: Frederick Diomande <>
Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 08:19:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Frederick Diomande

Dear Friend,

I am Frederick Diomande. I want to transfer this Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand USdollar(US$11,500,000)left in a fixed/suspense Account in one of the banks by my late father.

I am looking for a God fearing person to help me.

I want to transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as Real Estate management.

I am prepared to give you 25% percent of the total amount,as commission for assisting me and 5% for expenses that will be incurred.

Best Regards

Frederick Diomande

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