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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:

Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 19:12:49 +0100

We are small new firm engaged in export of goods to overseas outside my
country.We have won various small exports contract at one time or the
other,recently we were (engaged) contracted to supply cocoa, and dried
natural rubber to tyre manufacturing companies in Peru, US and Canada, which was successfully done.
However, in as much as we are able to successfully carry out these
supplies, we experience difficulty remitting our proceeds from the sale of these products
home.This is due to the fact that the fiscal policy in my country is very stringent and not
favorable. Small firms like ours are not allowed before six months of operation,
to open and operate a domiciliary account in foreign currencies abroad through which we
would have been able to remit our proceeds home.
To this end we seek a foreign company or individuals who we can
nominate as our partners to receive our payments in their business/individual accounts on our
behalf and in turn send the money directly to us. Thus we are willing to pay the individual or
company 10% of the total sum for their assistance. This 10% will not be a loss to us
instead we hope to incorporate these costs in our future charges to our prospective
customers overseas.
Currently we are not able to bring back home our funds totaling USD198,
801:00 (one hundred and ninety eight thousand, eight hundred and one Dollars) in Peru, US
and canada from export we just made. We therefore solicit your assistance to help remit this money by
sending your contact details to us at so that we can instruct our customers to remit these
money directly to your account, or alternatively the checks will be mailed to you, should incase you
don't want to release your account details We also require that you send us urgently your telephone and fax
numbers for proper communication prior to any transaction.
We are also hoping to build a long time business relationship with you
should you be interested. Once we have built our trust on you, we will continue to straighten the
Business Relationship. We hope you can be of assistance to our company.
We are very much aware of various scams going on all over, and as such
we are assuring you that at no time you will be required to pay or transfer funds that
you have not received from our customers to us.
We are sincerely a legitimate entrepreneur seeking for a trustworthy foreign partner.
Please get back to us at if you are interested
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Owen Anderson

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