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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: "MR JOE COOL" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:17:18 +0200
Subject: Hello Dear

Hello Dear

Let this message not be as a surprise to you, I am only seeking for a
hand from you. I lost my father years back.He died during the political
crisis in my country.

My late father was one of the directors under Tijan Kabbah's government. I
presently in Cotonou Benin.It is my desire to write from my heart hoping
you will not betray me.

My father made some huge amount of money worth $ 12,000,000,00 millions us
dollars which was canclled in a trunk box and was deposited in a private
security company here in Cotonou Benin in favor of me when he was alive,in
fact in a brief introduction All the information will be given to you when i

hear from you.

Now i am seeking for a trusted person who will stand as my late father's
foreign business partner to secure the box and transfer to his/her country
for onward investment.

I have decided to give you 35% of the total sum for your kind assistance. It

is inheritance and last hope of me here Show your interest and we proceed on

the next step.

For privacy Reply me in this mail :

Thanks and God bless you and your entir family

Joe Cool
Telephone 00229-93698913

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