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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: "Pedro Ubaego" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 20:32:17 +0100
Subject: Compensation For Your Past Effort


Re: Compensation For Your Effort

This is Mr.PEDRO UBAEGO.I write to you once again. Thank you for the
assistance rendered to me and my family(colleagues) when i was really in
need. It is a thing of joy to inform you that finally I have succeded in
collecting the money at Long last.Hope this mail find you in an excellent
condition of health.I am happy to inform you about my success in getting
those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from
Germany. Presently I am in South Korea for investment projects with my own
share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring the funds in your name despite that it failed us some how. I
have compensated you with the sum of ($1,200,000.00).Now contact my
secretary,his name is Mr.WILLIAMS ONYEMA his email address is
( him to send the money the sum of
$1,200,000.00,(One Million Two Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars Only) to you
which I kept for your compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to
assist me in this matter.I appreciated your efforts at that time very much
.Feel free and get in touch with Mr.WILLIAMS ONYEMA and instruct him where
and how to send your money to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the money so that we can share
the joy after all the sufferings at that time. I am very busy here because
of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand.
Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to My secretary on your
behalf to release the money.

I have tried many times to talk to you on phone but you could not respond
and I have no time for myself because we are very busy now.You can still
reach me on my

Best regards,

Mr.Pedro Ubaego.

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