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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: "edward chubby" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:16:47 +0100

Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to let you know about my success in getting those fund
transffered under the cooperation of a new partner from Greece. I didn't
forget your past efforts to assit me in transffering those funds.

Now contact my secretary Mr Lawrence chubby his email is ( ask him to send you the total $1.5M certified
bank draft which i raised for your compensation .so feel free and get
intouched with him and give him your address where to send the draft.

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your
address where you want him to send the draft to you. Thanks and God bless
you and your family, Hope to hear from you soon. Let me know immediately you
receive it for us to share the joy.i'm very busy here with investment
projects which i am having at hand, finally,i left instruction to the
secretary on your behalf,so feel free to get intouch with him.

Best regards,
Dr markson ibe

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