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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: "Dolly Francis" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2006 00:53:22 +0000
Subject: Greetings

Dolly World of Art Inc.
112 st. Mary's road,
liverpool L192 JG,
Tel +447031917956

My name is Dolly Francis,I am an artist with my husband Yahtrip Francis
,We own Dolly World of Art in London(United Kingdon)I live in London United
Kingdom,with my two kids,four cats, one dog and the love of my life my
husband Francis Yahtrip. It is definitely a full house, I have been
doing artwork since I was a small child That gives me about 23 years of
experience I majored in art in high school and took a few college art
courses Most
of my work is done in either pencil or airbrush mixed with color pencils.
I have recently added designing and creating artwork on the computer, I
have been selling my art for the last 3 years and have had my work featured
on trading cards, prints and in magazines,I have sold in galleries and to
private collectors from all around the world.I am always facing serious
difficulties when it comes to selling my art works to Americans,they
are always offering to pay with MONEY ORDER OR CASHEIR'S CHEQUES,which is
difficult for me to cash here in London United Kingdom.
I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working for
me as a partime worker and i will be willing to pay 10% for every
transaction,which wouldnt affect ur present state of work,someone who
would help me recieve payments from my customers in the states,i mean
that is responsible and reliable,because the cost of coming to the state and
getting payments is very expensive,i am working on setting up a branch
in the state,so for now i need a representative in the united state who
will be handling the payment aspect for our company.
These payments will be in money order or Cashier's cheques and they
would come to you in your name if you are willing to assist as a
representative, so all you need do is cash the money order/Casheir's cheques
your percentage and Western Union/Money Gram Charges then wire the rest back
us in the UK.But the problem i have is trust,But i have my way of getting
that gets away with our money,i mean the FBI branch in Washington gets
involve It wouldnt cost you any amount,you are to receive payments which
will be
sent to you by Major and reputable Courier Service like USPS,FEDEX,UPS.You
are to cash it and send the remaining back to me via Western Union or Money
Gram after you must have deducted your 10% and the Money sent charges.
NOTE:All charges will be deducted from the money so you are rest
assured that you wouldnt send a dime out of your personal money.
If you are interested,please get back to me by sending the following :
1.Full Name
2.Home Address
3.Mobile and Home Phone Number
Get back as soon as possible via email at (
Dolly & Yahtrip Francis .


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