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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:

Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:59:25 +0000 (GMT)

Greetings from the most high GOD.   I write to inform you that i have suceeded in completing the transaction, which i contacted you and solicite for your assitance, which you showed intrest in assisting but stopped half way due to reasons best known to you.    
The consingment containing the money in question, have been retrived with the assitance of a friend of my pastor who is from Paragua, presently, i am in Paragua, with him trying to invest the fund.    
 My reason of contacting you, is based on my convenant with my GOD, that i will compasate any body who tried to assit me in the cause of the transaction. 
Though, you showed intrest to assit me , but could not fullfil it based on certain reasons known to you, i hereby set aside, a amount of $400,000 us dollars for you, as compasation, for your intrest to help me.   
 You are hereby, directed to contact my confidant in Abidjan Coit D Iviore, DR CALEB JACK through his email,  to furnish you, on how the cheque can be delivered to you.     
Once again, i wish you good luck. 
Mrs pauline Landre          



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