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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: "Mrs.Chevas Alfaro Maria Gabriela" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 14:10:04 +0400
Subject: ENQUIRY: From Mrs. Chevas Alfaro Maria Gabriela

ENQUIRY: From Mrs. Chevas Alfaro Maria Gabriela

Fax: +447092809544

Attn: President/CEO

I am applying to invest in your company. I am staying in British island of Alderney a citizen of Costa Rica . I hope that we can do this major business together? I will be very grateful if you will be ready to receive my investment capital to invest in a long-term business that is viable, profitable and durable, wish will be directly under your control.

Hoping to receive your positive response on how to move this investment forward. On your reply you should let me know what plans you have for my investment capital worth $12 Million dollars currently in a safe deposit Vault in cash. I will arrange for a business meeting with you to finalize the areas of your investment and financial disbursement.

My capital for investment is ready and I am willing to proceed as soon as I receive your response. You should also let me have some details about yourself and your business. I will also be able to give you further details on my personal profile including contact details.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs.Chevas Alfaro Maria Gabriela

Tel/Fax: +447092809544


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