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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: "connery_77" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 12:08:20 -0600


Good Day,

My name is WILLAMS GABRILE, I am an artist based in London (United Kingdom) Coming from a modest background, I emphasizes simple pleasures and inspirational messages through my paintings. As a devoted Christian, I use my gift as a vehicle to communicate and spread inherent life-affirming values.

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 ORDERS OR CASHIERS CHECKS, which is difficult for me to cash here in Liverpool,United Kingdom.

I am looking for a representative in the states who will be working for me as a Part-Time worker and I will be willing to pay 10% for every transaction, which wouldn't affect your present state of work, someone who would help me recieve payments from my customers in the states. I mean someone that is responsible and reliable, because the cost of coming to the state and getting payments is very expensive, we are working on setting up a branch in the state, and so for now I need a representative in the united state who will be handling the payment aspect for our company. If you have an Account with either Wells Fargo bank, or Bank of America.. that would also help.

These payments are in money order or cashiers checks 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 orders/cashiers checks deduct your percentage 10% and Western Union Charges then wire the rest back.

But the problem I have is trust, But I have my way of getting anyone that gets away with our money, you are to receive payments which will be sent to you by FedEx or ups from my business partners, which would come in form of a money order then u are to cash it and send the cash to me via Western Union .NOTE: All charges will be deducted from the money so you are rest assured that you wouldn't send a dime out of your personal money.

All I need from you now to start up this is your trust and three details as stated below,

(1) Your full name that the Money order/Cashiers Check will be issued

(2)Your address where my customers will send the Money order/Cashiers Check to for you to go and cash.

(3)Your cell or direct phone number for easy communication.

I await for your Favourable responses,

19 Howard Street
Liverpool, L701NL,
England,United Kingdom

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