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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: "Mrs.Roselyn Iweala" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 13:35:47 +0100

A la atención de.

Sus nombres aparecieron en mi archivo hace dos días, Por la oficina de FMS
que usted está entre personas aprobadas para ser pagado medio pago de $12
millones de dólares. Firmado por el Vicepresidente de la República Federal
de Nigeria, a favor de Sr. Presidente.

1. Su nombre
2. Su edad/sexo
3. Su ubicación
4. Su estado civil
5. su número de teléfono o el Fax numeran.

Necesitamos su encima de información, para confirmar con el uno nosotros
tenemos ya aquí en nuestro archivo, si usted es el dueño con derecho ser

Dios bendice.
Mrs.Roselyn Iweala
El Consejero especial a Sr. Presidente

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