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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: henry green <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jun 2007 17:25:17 +0000
Subject: Your $1,000.000.00 Compensation

Dear Friend , I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund released and transferred to Deutsche bank Germany, under the cooperation of a new partner from South Africa, Who is a citizen of United Kingdom. Presently I'm in Germany, where he assisted to deposit the money, and the money has been currently deposited with DEUTSCHE BANK GERMANY .
I will soon finish my 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 that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary, his name is MR BENJAMIN DOSUN , and his email address is, ask him to send you the total sum of $1,000.000.00 which I mapped out for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. Note that already I have written a bank draft worth of that value on your behalf, I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary (mr benjamin dosun) I instruct him to send the bank draft to you via Courier service. In other not to make any error on the bank draft I have instructed my secretary to insert your full name as soon as you get back to him. Please, do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferings, and stress at that time, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to release the cashier check to you , so feel free to get in touch with him, and he will send the bank draft to you without any delay, I am now a happy man in life. Thanks, and remain blessed. Mr.HENRY GREEN.
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