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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, 26 Jul 2007 17:20:40 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: URGENT

Mr Jurgen Umer
Thanks for your mail, because of the content of your mail my concern now is that i will make sure that every thing will be handle accordly/legally so that your fund must be delivered to you,

But the only thing is that you neeed to understand that you are dealing with the right person now and every thing will be doing legally,

But i have no time to waste if you know that you are not ready to proceed at this time just tell me, but if you are send your info for another step, thanks and wait for your urgent reply.

Eng.David Joseph.
Chairman Contract
Award Panel D.Senegal.

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