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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: "newton sheryl" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:14:39 -0700

Attention: Please,

My name is Sheryl Newton, an Australian, based in London U.k. I work with a
very established oil company here in London, name of company withheld for
security reason`s. My boss is in charge of offshore remittance in this
establishment. He asked me to seek your assistance for a transfer of [GB
£7M]SEVEN MILLION POUNDS STERLING] to your account for further private

This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract awarded to a Chinese firm
for the construction of an Oil Drilling stations in Berkshire London in
2006 The original value of the contract was (GBP £14M) but we manipulated
the figure to read Twenty one Million pound sterling(£21M)
The extra (£7M) is what we want to transfer to your account for our own
personal use and investments.

Note that the nature of your job does not matter,All modalities to effect
the payment and subsequent transfer of this money have been worked out. This
transaction is 100% risk free but requires 100 percent confidentiality. This
is a golden opportunity, which must not be allowed to slip out of our hands
as a result of any careless acts and utterances. We chose you for this
transaction because we believe that good friends can be discovered and
businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can be rest
assured that your security has been considered before you were contacted.

At the end of the deal you will be compensated with 24% of the total sum,
while the rest will be used in investments in a lucrative ventures in your
country. If you are interested in this deal, kindly get back to me with your
full details including your private telephone.


Sheryl Newton

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