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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 Micheal <>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2008 20:12:33 -0700 (PDT)

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?Youmay not understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me, you might have
received an email from me regarding a multi--dollar proposal which we never concluded.I amusing this opportunity to inform you that this multi-dollar business has been concluded with
the assistance of another partner from Germany who financed the transaction to a logicalconclusion.
I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund
into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.But I want to inform you
that I have successfully transferred the fund into my new partner's account inGermany, who was eventually, capable of assisting me in this great venture.Due to your
effort, sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of thetransaction.I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of
$400,000.00.I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of $400,000.00 cashable every where in the world.
My dear friend I will like you to contact my Account Officer withunion Bank Plc,west Africa Nigeria, his name is MR CHARLES WRIGHT ,on his direct email
address: Telephone +2348052863825 for the
collection of your certified Bank Draft.I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you
whenever you contact him regarding it. At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the
investment projects,which I and my new partner are having at hand.Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, Also comply with
MR.CHARLES WRIGHT directives so that he will send the draft to you with out any delay.
CONTACT: MR.CHARLES WRIGHT Account Officer,union bank Plc,westAfrica Nigeria, His email address:( Therefore, you should send himyour full Name and telephone number/your correct mailing address where you want him to
send the Draft to, or your account information for depositing the Bank Draft. Thanks and Godbless you and your family.

Hoping to hear from you as soon as you cash your Bank Draft.
and please contact him with this informations and Endevour to drop
your contact phone number
for swift communication.
1.YOUR NAME........
2.YOUR PHONE.......
BARR,JOHN micheal

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