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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: "john_ibe" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 03:31:33 -0600

Attn Justin Thyme.

What is the problem that I have not hared from you since after you told that you have received the account information? It is very important you reach me because very soon I will be traveling to Europe for an important meeting, which I don’t know when I will be back.

It is good we conclude this transaction now that I am very ready to release your inheritance fund to your account in the USA. You should try to reach me before Monday the 28th of August 2006.

Just send the money and forward the payment slip to me so that I conclude your transaction now.

Thanks, for your cooperation,

Yours Faithfully,

Prof Charles Soludo.



Fecha:Wed, 23 Aug 2006 15:19:32 +0100

Asunto:Bank Details Received

Thank you for your bank details

I will let you know when the transfer is made and send you the transfer slip as soon as I can

Justin Thyme

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