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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: "Cway Travels And Tours Ltd." <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 14:13:07 +0000
Subject: Re: Visa for UK, USA and CANADA:

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Steve Martins, the managing director Cway Travels Limited. We
process urgent visas for UK, CANADA and USA. We offer this service to people
who are interested and ready to pay for the costs. The three mentioned visas
takes us only 14 working days to be ready due to the solid contacts we have
in UK, CANADA and USA Embassies and there is no interview involved. We have
never disappointed any of our Chinese clients since we have been in this

We want you to become one of our agents in your country by providing
candidates to us for visa. We have had more than 7 years of experience in
this visa business, personal service is our main basis of success and our
motto is customer's satisfaction at whatever cost. We assure you that, under
our care, your clients will have an unforgettable and enjoyable trip to the
above-mentioned countries.

I will give you more information about the visa process and the cost as soon
as I hear from you. I look forward to starting a new business with you very
soon. Please do send your reply to my e-mail addresses:

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Steve Martins.

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