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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: "duke458" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:24:22 +0100


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 Rev Desmond George and his email
address is ( His numbe is+229 931 662 47 ask him
to send you the totalsum of $950.000.00 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
touched with my secretary Rev Desmond George 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 the sufferness at that time. In the moment,I am 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 Rev Desmond George and he will send the amount to you without any

With best regards
Mr Kingsley Caleb

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