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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: "RE: YOUR REWARD" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:27:13 +0200

Dearest Friend.

<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p>

How are you and your entire family? I hope fine.<o:p></o:p>

With due respect I'm happy to get in touch with you again with good news for you after such a long time I want to inform you about my success in getting those family funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from South Africa.

<o:p> </o:p>

Presently I’m in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">South Africa</st1:country-region></st1:place> for investment projects with my 70% share of the total money (US$15 Million). Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that we failed us some how. Because of your honest and kindness to me by then I have decided to reward you for your past efforts by depositing the sum of US$1 00 0,000.00 for you in a bank at <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">England</st1:place></st1:country-region>. Now contact my financial adviser in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">London</st1:City></st1:place> immediately for more details and instruct him where to transfer the money to you, I have already advised him to make the payment in your favor.

<o:p> </o:p>

He NAME is: Hans Princewill.<o:p></o:p>

EMAIL: <o:p></o:p>

PHONE. + 44 703 19O 5359

<o:p> </o:p>

Please do let me know immediately your in touch with my Financial adviser and also confirm to me when receive the payment so that we can share the joy together after all the past sufferness. At the moment, I am very busy here in <st1:country-region w:st="on">South Africa</st1:country-region> with some investment projects for the upcoming 2010 world cup to be held here in <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">South Africa</st1:place></st1:country-region>.<o:p></o:p>

Ones again I must commend you for your past effort and kindness towards me, your really tried for me and I appreciate. Thanks.<o:p></o:p>

<o:p> </o:p>

Yours Faithfully<o:p></o:p>

Reverend Joseph Moore.

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