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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: "JOE NELSON" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 03:17:36 -0700
Subject: Thank Sir

Dear Friend,
How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?You may not
understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you
might have received an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.
I am using this opportunity to inform you that the multi-million-dollar
business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical
conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of
the fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.
But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out
of the bank to my new partners account in London that was capable of
assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage
and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want
to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of
$2,000,000.00.I have left an international certified bank draft for you
worth $2,000,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.
My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary: Miss Joy J.Carr, for
the collection of this international certified bank draft. I have authorized
her to release the international certified bank draft to you as soon as you
contact her regarding this issue.
At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which
myself and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to
accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.
Also comply with Miss Joy J.Carr, so that she will send the draft to you
without any delay, contact her on the below informations.
CONTACT: Miss. Joy J.Carr
ADDRESS: No 4 cooperation drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Therefore, you should send her your full Name and telephone number/your
address where you want her to send the draft to you.
Thanks and God bless you and your family,hope to hear from you soon.
Mr.Steve Okon,

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