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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: "Faruk Gilmore" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:02:01 +0100
Subject: Your Compensation For Your Past Effort Contact My Secretary Immediately.

*Dear Friend,*
* *
* I'm glad to let you know about my success in getting those funds
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.*
* *
* Meanwhile, you can now contact my secretary in Benin Republic west
Africa his name is Sherif Adamu on** ask him to
send you the total of $900.000.00 which i have kept for you to show my
appreciation for all the past efforts and attempts which you have made 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 Mr Sherif 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 have gone through at that time. in the moment, I'm
very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the 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 Sherif Adamu with this email address *** <>* and he will send the
amount to you without any delay.*
* *
*Yours Faithfully.
Faruk Gilmore.*

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