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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: odili odili <>
Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2006 06:02:03 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: treat as urgent.

Dear Suzie

why the silent?.

i have a surggestion, would you like the fund to be brought to you there in London, because i can see that it will be very dificult for you to come down here in Africa?.

accoding to the information i got here it is very possible for them to transport the money to you through diplomatic courier services and you will receive it right there in London.

also i would like you to forward to me your personal info for documentations.

please your surggestion here is highly needed.


Joseph Kante jr.
for the family.

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