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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: JOHN WAYA <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 08:42:57 +0000

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fundreleased and transferred to Dutch bank Germany,under thecooperation of a new partner from South Africa.Presently I'm in Paraguay,planing to invest my fund,he assisted me to retrieve the money from the bank. I am in Paraguay now for investment projects with myown share of the total sum meanwhile,I didn't forget yourpast efforts and attempts to assist in transferring thosefunds despite that it failed us somehow. Now contact my secretary,his Name is Mr William Goje,and his email address is( my secretary to send you the total of $2,000,000.00(Two Million Dollars) which I mapped for yourcompensation for all the past efforts and attempts toassist me in this matter. Note that already I have written a draft worth ofthat value on your name,I appreciated your efforts at thattime very feel free and get in touch with mysecretary (Williams Goje),and instruct him where to sendthe draft to you. Please,do let me know immediately you receive it so thatwe can share the joy after all the sufferings,and stressat that time. Thanks,and remain blessed.John Waya.
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