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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: "charles soludo" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 15:41:32 +0100
Subject: Dear Good Friend,

*Dear Good Friend,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay after I waited for your
response to proceed, you could not response to my mail due to how urgent the
transaction required because its situation I couldn't wait to inform you
before I contacted another partner who understood the urgency of the
transaction now we have successful transfer the funds to my new partner
account here in 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 messenger in Benin his name is Mr.Adel Kadel because he is the
person I kept your draft under his care which I splinted in two cheque
booklet 450.000.000Pounds each so it will be easy for clear as bank advised,
his E-mail Address (*** <>*)
ask him to send you the total of 900.000.00Pounds 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 Mr.Adel Kadel 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,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 Mr. Adel on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free
to get in touch with Mr.Adel Kadel, he will send the amount to you without
any delay.*

Charles Soludo

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