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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: millenium security & finance co-operation <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 20:47:16 +0100 (BST)

Hello Robert Ised,

You email is noted,and the diplomat will be asked to come back to London.Meanwhile you still have another chance to claim your consignment in Canada,because the diplomat will go to Canada after delivering the consignment in Soutn Carolina,and we don't normally have problem in Canada,so if you wish to claim your consignment there,then you should apoint a deligate from your church if you are so busy to go to Canada.You should also be aware that you will have to send the deligate along with your identity card of drivers lincense.

This is the only option you have left.

Best regards,
Stege Smith.

Pastor Robert Ised <> wrote: Then tell your couriers to return home mission failed

Pastor Robert Ised

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