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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: nicholas diaz <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 15:45:02 -0800 (PST)

Hello Dear,

I am writing to solicit your urgent assistance in the transfer of US$8,000.000.00.This funds is the excess of what my Branch in which i am the Manager made as profit during the Last Year Auditing.I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2006 to my head office here in Accra and they will never know of this excess.I placed this amount of $8,000,000.00 (Eight Million United States Dollars)on a suspence account without a beneficiary.As an officer of the Bank,i cannot be directly connected to this money that is why i contacted you to assist in recieving this funds into any of your Bank account in your country so that both of us can make use of this funds.

This transaction is going to be a Bank-to-Bank transfer.All i need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this funds.If you accept this offer,i will appreciate you send to me your phone and fax number immediately before this year runs out.Please contact me immediately.

Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

I wait for your prompt response.
Mr Nicholas Diaz.

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