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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: "george_eddie44" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:15:33 +0100
Subject: CONTACT MY SECRETARY FOR YOUR COPASATION OF $1.400.000.00 United States Dollars


Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success
in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner
from holand. Presently i'm in holand for investment projects with my own
share of total sum. mean while, i didn't forget your past efforts and
attempts to assist me in transferring this funds despite that it failed us
some how.

Now contact my secretary in Benin his name is Mr Kennedy Ogugua,and his
phone nomber is +22997939879 on his e-mail address stated below ( Ask him to send you the total Amount of
$1.400.000.00 United States Dollars which i kept for your compensation for
all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated
your efforts at that time very much.

So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mr Kennedy Ogugua and
instruct him where to send the (CHEQUE). And send him your full contact
information such as below

1. FULL NAME________________________________
2.HOME ADDRESS______________________________
3 PHONE AND FAX NUMBER______________________
4. YOUR AGE_________________________________
5. CURRENT OCCUPATION_______________________
6.ATTACH PICTURE OR ID______________________
7.YOUR COUNTRY______________________________
8.COUNTRY ZIP CODE__________________________
9.MARITAL STATUS____________________________

so that he will submit it to the courier company where i directed him

to mail the cashier (CHEQUE) to your designated address without any delay.
Please do let me know immediately if you receive so that we can share the
joy together after all the sufferness at that time ok, In the moment, I am
very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partnerwere having at hand.

Finally ,remember that I have forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to instruct the courier company to deliver the cashier (CHEQUE) to
you as soon as you send your details information without delay.So feel free
to get in touch with my secretary and instruct him to send the (CHEQUE) to
you without any further delay.

Yours Faithfully,
Barr Esq George Eddie

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