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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: "Paul Mandi" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:02:28 -1000
Subject: Re:from me


I am Barr. Paul Mandy, the personal attorney to Mr. Waters David a
multi-investor and a former Senior Executive officer Of Shell Oil Gas for 15
years, but died along with his family On October 31, 1999 in a plane crash.

For more information about this crash and person's on board you can contact
this web
My client, Mr. Waters David, had deposited One Million U.S. Dollars
(U.S.$1,000,000) in Security Company in Nigeria.

However, since his death there has not been trace of any person to
Claim the deposited fund, which has remained dormant for years. Although, I
Am obliged to keep this secret within my jurisdiction but new
Governmental laws made it imperative to transfer the said amount through
Trust worthy friend whom I shall present to the bank as the bonfire
next-of-kin to the deceased.

I can't watch the deposit forfeited, as the bank is threatening to seal up
this deposit if there is no response from the beneficiary due to orders from
the government that all dormant accounts should be sealed up and transfer to
the Federation Account.

So any form of identity would just work for approval of the
Transfer in your name. This is life for me and I hope to make a living out
Of this. Do consider this favorably and get back to me.


Paul Mandy (Esq.)


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