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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: johnson Bell <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:06:41 +0100 (CET)

My Dear ,

I did not forgot your past effort and attemps to assist me, now I'm happy to inform you that i have suceeded in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Monaco.

Now Contact my secretary ask her for ($800.000.00) for your compensation her name is Mrs.Gladys Offor this is the Email ( phone number +229 97 89 24 79.

Mr Johnson Bell.

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