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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: "daniel dixson" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:34:46 -0700
Subject: ATTN.


I bring you greetings. My name is Mr. Daniel Dixson, I am a staff of
ZENITH BANK PLC, NIGERIA. Our late customer name Mr. Wang Xuemin made a
number of times in a fixed deposit account valiued at US$19.3M, he did not
declare any next of kin in all his official paper work. I want you as a
foreigner to stand as the beneficiary to transfer this funds out of my bank
into your nominated bank account and after the successful transfer, we shall
share in the ratio of 30% for you and 70% for me. Should you be interested,
please send me your:
1. Full Names,
2. Current Residential Address,
3. Telephone, Fax and Mobile Numbers,
4. Profession, Age, Sex and Marital Status.
5. your bank account info./ address of your bank

All I need IS your assistance and coperation for the successful transfer of
this funds into your nominated bank account. Please get back to me urgently
so that i can procure the neccessary papper work to put you in place as the
beneficiary of this fund.


Mr. Daniel Dixson.

EMAIL. dn_dixson@yahoo

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