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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: "jamward" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 14:28:16 -0100
Subject: From Mr.James Edward.


Confidential message.


I am writing this mail to you from my residence because of how confidential
it is,this letter contains some confidential materials and should be delect
from your mail box if you are unable to help me out concerning the

I am a director of international remittance with a bank here in Abidjan.I
and my colleagues have an amount of 28 million dollars belonging to Gen.
Robert Guei who was shot dead together with all his family last September
19th 2002 by the Government soldiers here on an accusation of plotting a
failed coup de etat.This money was 58 million dollars but some have been
used in the importation of arms by the General until he met the unexpected

I have all the necessary documents involved in the deposition and the
withdrawal of the part of the money and the next of kin was his personal
security guard who also met death.Now I want you to act as the next of kin
and help us transfer this amount of money out from here.This business is
100% risk free and I will prepare all the documentation and prove the source
of the fund before the transfer.

I want you to know that this business involves I and my colleague in our
bank and must not be taken as a joke,I advice you to think very well before
responding because we need a very strong hand in this transaction. Your
percentage and other important details will be discussed once I confirm your
kind willingness in helping in the transfer. Confirm to me your private
telephone and fax numbers to enable me join you in telephone conversation
for further details. Please kindly reply me to this my private email

I await your postive responds.

Mr.James Edward.

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