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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: "felix hachel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 03:34:27 -0700
Subject: Yours In Service,


We hereby confirm receipt of part payment of US$8,500,000.00 dollars
Only into our official account by order of the African Development Bank(ADB). They are in-charge of Foreign Debt Recovery Committee on Overdue Contract / Next of Kin payments in Africa, and yours is indicated in

our database.
We sincerely appologize for the delays and inconvenience and advice you to STOP any further communication with any other payment centres in Europe, as well as your
associates in any of the African countries e.g., South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Abidjan, Angola, Cotonou for they contributed 100% hindrances to the release of your funds.

Kindly supply these informations so we can prepare a payment slot of you immediately;
1. Full names
2. House address(country inclusive)
3. Phone number(office and home)
4. Name of bank
5. Name of compay(if any)
6,Your email address

Upon your response, we will decide on the best way to send you the money.For any further inquiry, please contact the undersigned officer as funds will be retrieved to treasury
after ten (10) business days of this notice.
Yours In Service,
Mr.Felix Hachel
Manager, Foreign operations Dept.
Contact me via email
fax +44-705-343-9980

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