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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: Charles soludo <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 01:26:55 +0000 (GMT)

Dear Sabrina Marshall,

I thank you for your urgent response to my mail, i want you to please sent to me the sum of three thousand dollars {$3,000.00} as soon as possible so i can be able to activate my account for the transfer of the $700,000 to my Bank account and also i want to let you know that i have accepted your option in sharing the money.

I want you to stop replying to me through this e-mail, the reason is that i lost my password to internet scammers and now i have lost all my information in it.

So please kindly reply to this mail and sson as possible to enable us het through this .

Prof. Charles Soludo.
Tell: +2348022289007

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