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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 James Mba" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 14:12:45 +0200

* *
*Attention Sir/Madam,

We are very sorry for the delay of your payment, we are delighted to inform
you that your fund is ready for transferred.

In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of 7Million
USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have secured every
needed documents to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on 2 security
proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with

Please you don't have to worry for anything, as the transaction is 100% risk
free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will accompany the
boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to send to me your
full house address and your identity such as, international passport or
drivers license and your mobile phone number, The Diplomatic will travel
with it.. He will call you immediately he arrives your country's airport. I
hope you understand me.

Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested information's
So that we can proceed on this transaction as soon as possible.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes.
What l declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic
Film Materials for security reasons. I did not declare money to them please.

If they call you and ask you the contents please tell them the same
Thing Ok.

(1) YOUR NAME:.......................

(2) YOUR ADDRESS:....................

(3) YOUR TELEPHONE ..................

(4) AGE..............................

(5) SEX:..............................

(6) YOUR OCCUPATION...................


Email me at * *and I will let you know how far I have gone
with the arrangement. I will secure the Diplomatic immunity clearance
certificate, which will make it pass every custom checkpoint all over the
world without hitch. Confirm the receipt of this message and send the
requirements to me immediately you receive this message. You are advised to
stop every communication with any body so that your payment can be delivered
to you with out any further delay.

Please i need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to live as soon as
we hear from you. Call me immediately.

Best Regards,

Lt Gen,Philip Fadaya*
*Phone No +229 9310 3165*

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