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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: "Mark Frederick" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 03:48:01 -0400
Subject: From The Desk Of Dr Mark Frederick,

>From The Desk Of Dr Mark Frederick,
Contractor , Chevron Oil Company ,
London , UK,

My Dear Brother ,
I'm Writing you based on the solid information i gathered about you and your
already existing company, in the UK email database.Please don't be surprise
that am writing you , because your email and contacts are in the database
mentioned above,perhaps my reason for contacting you.
I want you to keep this transaction a secret until my plans have been
executed depending on your willingness to partner with me in this viable
investments of mine in your country.I want you to treat this transaction am
having with you with utmost secrecy , honesty and truthfulness and promise
me that you will not in anyway betray my confidence and trust i have in you
as am about to introduce you to a business that will change your life and
status , thereby making you rich if only you will be by my side.

My Name is Dr Mark Frederick And am a Contractor to Chevron Oil company , a
multi national co-operation operating in London UK.Am seeking your
assistance to transfer the sum of thirty eight million United States
Dollars($38,000,000) into an overseas account , maybe in your country or any
other place in the world .This Money was realized in the just completed
contract awarded to our company by the English Government here in England ,
and i want to secretly move this money out of England for my private
investment in Real Estate or any other viable investments you can introduce
me to in your country or any other place.I Really want you to be my partner
in this transaction because i want it to be a joint (partnership) business
between you and me .

My Reason for this is not far fetched , as Am a victim of Racism and
segregation in the company i have been working selflessly for the past 25
years of service . I have been cheated out of my entitlements for far too
long simply because am not a British , hence my reason for leaving England
and the Company as well. I have made up my mind to move my family out of
England as soon as this money has been transferred into your bank account
for this investments and has vowed never to step back to London again in my
entire lifetime. If only you can help me to get this money transferred into
your bank account , Am promising to give you 30% share of this money while
60% will be mine , ad 10% will be for any kind of expenses you might make
during this transaction.

Please i need your urgent response to this letter before my plans to leave
London is discovered . Right now the safest means of correspondence is via
my private email
.Please in the interest of Confidentiality, only reply to my private email
address or call me here +44 7040 115621 . Reply also sending me your
personal information ,
Your Full names and Address,
Telephone and fax Numbers for Communications
and Your bank Account numbers , where this funds could be transferred to.

Please make haste as here is no time for delay and time is running out on me
Best Regards,

Dr Mark Frederick
Chevron Oil Cooperation,
London, England.


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