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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: "Mr.Albright Wane." <>
Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2005 16:41:13 +0200
Subject: Mr.Albright Wane.

Dear Sir,

Please permit me your attention to introduce to your
organization a very lucrative business. I work as a junior
executive in a consultancy firm. My name is Mr.Albright Wane.

My boss is in business with one of the greatest business
Mongols of all time.We are talking about Alhaji Mabolo
Dongo.The president of Dongo Group of Farms.The owner of
the biggest cattle farm in West Africa and The Biggest fish
farmer.This is the man they call the food basket of Africa.
His cocoa and palm tree plantations are the
biggest and his vegetable oil plants are located in the 16
West African countries.

Now my boss supplies this Business magnet an essential
vaccine at the price of US4,900. per carton, and sometimes
we supply up to 2000 or 3000 cartons.

Briefly,I am contacting you because my boss traveled to
china and he will be there for two month. Now,I received a
letter from the Dongo Group, requesting two thousand
cartons supply of the vaccine.I have called back to the
Dongo Group and informed them that my boss traveled,he will
not be back soon and since they need the vaccine
urgently,that I will introduce them directly to the
Manufacturers of the vaccine from where my boss buy.

The President of the Dongo Group invited me to his Presence
and I confirmed my word to him, and he promised me his
confidence and to deal only with me if I can do

I know where my boss buy this vaccine in Europe. The Price
of the vaccine is US$2000. per carton. I will need you to
contact Alhaji Mabolo Dongo and Inform him that you are the
manufacturer of the vaccine and that you will sell to him
at the price of US$4,400 per carton. You will inform him to
make 70% advance payment as is the Procedure.He will not
hesitate to send the money immediately.

If your organization is interested to be my partners in
this transaction, please contact me immediately in my
private mailbox.The box is:so that we can discuss on
how to execute this lucrative deal.

Truly yours,

Mr.Albright Wane.

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