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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: "Jonathan Lux" <>
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 11:30:31 +0000
Subject: Re: Raise the funds and get back to me

Hello, why haven't i heard from you. i was worried and did you get my email? let me hear from you soon.

From:  "Justin Thyme" <>
Subject:  Re: Raise the funds and get back to me
Date:  Tue, 4 Jul 2006 08:35:56 +0100
>Dear Professor Soludo,
>I have now secured the required fees of $75,000 please advise secure
>bank account details so I can transfer the funds to you as quickly
>Once that is done can you confirm this will be the final payment I
>need to make to secure the transfer of the $25Million into my trust,
>If necessary you can call me on my work number - +1-253-397-1541 -
>be patient, if I am on the phone it will let me know there is a call
>waiting and put you on hold, I will try and get off the phone as
>as I can.
>Justin Thyme
>>On 6/28/06, Professor Charles Soludo
>><> wrote:
>>Dear Justin,
>>Once you have raised the necessary funds to finalise the transfer
>please get back to me   >and I will give you the bank account
>to transfer the money into.
>>Professor Charles Soludo

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