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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: "michaeltony19" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 20:33:50 +0100

Dear Friend,

It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our
business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium of time to
thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving
the funds.

I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds
with the help of a new partner from London Dr. Mathew Roger. And everything
was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady
Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF), and she
rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and
everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the
funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of total amount of one
million two hundred thousand USD($1,200,000.00 usd) in a Cashier's

This is from my own share. I did this simply to show appreciation to
you for your kind support and assistance even though we couldn't succeed
due to some unforseen circumstances. Presently, I am in South Korea for
investment with my own share under the advice of my partner.

Re-confirm bellow information's to him to avoid any mistake:

1. Your full name:

2. Your Postal address:

3. Direct Contact Telephone Number:

In the light of the above, you are therefore to contact my personal
secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his name is Mr. Johnson Hoover and do
send him your contact address where you want the cheque to be sent to
you, his e-mail address ( so feel free to get
in touch with him to send the cheque to you without any delay.

With my best regards,

Dr Michael Tony

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