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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: "well peters" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:07:16 +0200

Dear Firend,

How are you together with your family i hope that all is well if so glory be
to God amen.It's been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use this
medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in
receiving the funds, without any positive outcome. I am obliged to inform
you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the help of a new
partner from HONG KONG.

Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady
accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she
rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea and
everything worked out successfully.In appreciation of your earlier
assistance to me in receiving the Funds.

I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $850,000.00 in a Cashier's
BANK DRAFT of (Eight Hundered and fifity Thousand United States Dollars).
This is from my own share. I did this simply to show you that it is good to
do good things to the right people always. Presently, I am in HONG KONG for
investment project with my own share under the advice of my partner.

Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow. I will be
sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share
from my Secretary or not. Now contact my personal Secretary in Benin.

Here is my personal Secretary contact in Benin contact him urgent for him to
send the Cashier's Bank Draft to you imedaitely.

Name __Mr Marek Paul
Ttelephone__+229 93203422
Email___ (

I look forwards you as soon as you have get intouch with my Secretary.


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