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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: mike murray <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jun 2006 12:07:13 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Compensation ( Bank Draft ) from Mike Murray.

My Dear friend

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from South Korea. Presently I'm in South Korea for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transffering those funds despite that it failed us somehow.

Now contact my secretary in Agulu ,Nigeria his name is Mr Benjamin Mmaduka and email him at; ask him to send you the total sum of $120,000,00 bank Draft which i raised in your favour for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much .

So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Benjamin Mmaduka and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. In the moment, i'm very busy here because of the investment Projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally,remember that i had Forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf, So feel free to contact him now to eneble him send your money to you without any delay.

My regards to you and your family,

Dr.Mohamed Hassan

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