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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Frank George." <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 02:45:10 +0000
Subject: WAITING.

Dear Friend,

I am using this correspondence to urgently seek and request your assistance.
one of the prominent men that occupy a sensitive position in my country
whose details and information cannot be released at this point has implored
me to contact you as his overseas partner, which will handle this matter
with utmost secrecy to urgently receive and handle this funds on his behalf
which the total funds in question is Fifteen Million Us Dollars (US$15.M).

The money has been successfully moved out of my country it is presently
in a very confidential area which I will disclose to you as soon as I receive
your consent on this matter. Due to his inability to travel out of the
country presently because of the vital roll that he is playing on the economy
in my country, he believes that you are a reliable and trustworthy person
as a partner that we can count on to proceed with this matter as soon as
possible to receive this funds for Investment.

He intended taking the risk to travel out of the country himself unfortunately
he had a problem which made it impossible for him to travel.Again that is
why your assistance is being required as soon as you are ready to proceed
to receive this fund on the interest of the both parties that are involved.
I will furnish you with the details and information you will need to accomplish
this and also all the modalities has to be discussed and what you stand
to gain at the end of this transaction which has to be agreed within the
both parties .We Wait for your respond on this E-mail:

Thanks and God bless


Mr.Frank George.

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