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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: "mrokilo ali" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 20:47:02 +0100
Subject: Dear,contact my secretary for your compensation

*My Dear , *

*I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from paraguay. *

* Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects,i did not forget your
past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring the funds.*

*Now contact my secretary in Republic of Benin, his name is Mr.MEZA ADD
,through this e-mail address (*** <>*)
or call him on +229 977 748 76 and ask him to send you the total 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 intouched with my secretary Mr.MEZA
ADD, and instruct him where to send the amount to you. Remember that I had
forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive that money,
so feel free to get intouch with him Mr.MEZA ADD, he will send the amount to
you without any delay. *

Mr.Okilo Ali.*

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