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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: "Dr Raymond Walter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:42:49 +0200

Dear friend,
I take this liberty to inform you that, the t r a n s a c t i o n  we were pursing together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I decided to contact you, just to let you know. I have conscience as a human being, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to make things work out in retrospect.
Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in London. I just arrived yesterday night and checked inn, in a hotel and decided to go down to the hotel computer room to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed a B a n k  D r a f t, to the tune of USD$1M only in your name as C O M P E NS A T I O N to your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it were.
Please, contact now my secretary for s h i p m e n t of the D r a f t to you and forward to her your contact address, and phone number including your full legal name.
she is in the name of : Mrs Ann Ibekwe email:
Dr Raymond Walter

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