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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: "DOM JOHN" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 04:34:22 +0100

My Dear friend
How are you today together with your family,i thank God almighty for
his infinity mercy upon my life for latter making this business to
work out sucessfull.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund
transferred under the cooperation of the new partner from LUXMBURG .
Presently i'm in LUXMBURG 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.

Out of my sincere heart i have deceided to show gratuted to you and i
have signed a Cheque on your behalf for your compasation,now contact
my secretary in Cotonou, Republic of Benin,his name is Mr. mark john Romack
and his email address is ( in and

ask him to send you the total amount of $1.5,M Cheque which i kept
for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist
me in this matter.and instruct him where to send the amount to you.I
appreciated your efforts to assist that time despite that you later
disappointed me.

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

Best Regards,Thank you
and may God Bless.
Mr,dom john

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