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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: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 07:17:05 -0200
Subject: "GOOD NEW"contact Fr.Smith For Your Cheque

My Good Friend, Compliments of the day and how are you doing? I pray that
these letter will reach you in good health, although I know it may come to
you as a suprise but all the same, you might Have receive an email from me in
the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never
concluded. I am using this opportunity to inform you about my success in
getting the multi-million-dollar business proposal transferred under the
co-operation of a new partner from Dominica Rep.I really thank God for making
it a success at the end of the day.Presently i'm in Bolivia for investment
projects with my own share of the total sum.  Meanwhile, I didn't forget
your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds
despite the facts that it failed us some how. Now contact my parish
priest,Rev. Fr.Smith via email address;  , ask him
to send you the total $800, 000.00USD which I kept for your compensation for
all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated
your efforts at that time very much.So kindly get in touched with my parish
priest and instruct him where he should send the cheque to you. Please do let
me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the
sufferness at that time. At the moment, I am very busy here because of the
investment projects which me and the new partner have at hand.  Finally,
remember that I had forwarded every instruction to my parish priest on your
behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Rev. Fr.Smith
as he will send the cheque valued at 800, 000.00USD to you as instructed and
without any delay. You are required to furnish him with the following
information to enable him deliver the cheque to you immediately. Your full
names and address,telephone and mobile number. Upon receipt, he will despatch
your cheque to you without any further delay. And don't hestitate to let me
know upon receipt of your cheque so that i can rejoice with you especially
this time that we're almost at the end of the year which we 're celebrating
christmas.Yours Faithfully EDWARD FARRAS



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