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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: "AUTO BMW" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 21:34:32 +0200


Dear Partner,

I am very sorry for the delay in responding to your mails. I had a little
internet problem but it is over now and I am glad I finally got hold of
you.I lost so many email addresses but I am trying to gather as much as I
can though with lot's of mix up.
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay. Presently I'm in
Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total sum.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Now contact my
secretary, his name is Richard Benson and his email address is Ask him to send you the total $350.000.00
(Three hundred and fifty thousand dollars) in a Certificate Bank Draft 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 touch with my secretary Richard Benson and instruct him
where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all that we went through at that time. In the moment, I am very
busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are
having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the
secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch
with him and he will send the amount to you without any delay.

Philips Adams

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