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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: "Mr.Nat Nelson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 12:00:46 +0000
Subject: l am waiting for your response.

Dear Sir,
I am Mr.Nat Nelson the son of Dr.Vanders Nelson,one of
the white farmers killed during the problems days in
Zimbabwe,;l left the conutry and now things is getting
down and but the opportunity of setling down is no more at sight
I want to seek for your assistance because my late father have
secured a valuable treasure in a security vault in europe,l am
seeking for a foreign partner whom l can be able to work with.
Please for the reason of my personal safety,l had moved over to
this place in dakar senegal and l do believe we can be able to
discuss in details from here.l am ready to discuss everthing with you once l receives you reply.we can talk through the cam at all time you want,also make your telephone no.available for a direct talk.
I will make my contacts available to you in my next email.

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