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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: "james tony" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 16:22:43 +0000

My dear,

Well is nice to hear from you, asam talking to you know. I have been able to
do all my home and see that this fund leaveswith your name to Spain.I have
registared this consignment which is the fund with your name and is leaving
for Spain which you will have to travel to Spain once this consignment gets
to Spain. I do not want you to turn me down now. You have been very
difficult to understand for some weeks now, so I want to prove you wrong
that is not everybody that is a thief or that hasa bad mind to scam some
one. This is a real transaction.

I will send you the Air way bill oncethis fund leaves for Spain.Do let me
know now? are you ready to clear this consignment in Spain once it gets to
Spain. You will have to travel to Spain andsee this consignment with your
two eyes. Do know that you and I are the only one that know the content of
this consignment.

Do get back to me know.This is very important, I want this transaction to
end next week, you will leave to trust me by the time you ee this fundwith
your two eyes.



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