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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: FIRST MARINE DRILLING <chris_hope2008@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: firstmarinedrilling@yahoo.com
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2013 10:46:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: First Marine Drilling Company Limited

Dear Agent,

Please open the attached file for your perusal.

We are looking forward to hear from you as soon as possible.

Best Regards
Mr. Ozi John
Resources Manager
First Marine Drilling Company Limited
Tel: (229)67 32 46 77,68 18 08 99
Skype: firstmarinedrilling
Email: firstmarinedrilling@yahoo.com
Address: Reu 12 marcel Port Road
Akpakpa Cotonou Republic of Benin.
Website: www.firstmarinedrilling.com
Office E-mail:info@firstmarinedrilling.com,
firstmarine@firstmarinedrilling.com





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