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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: "dixon myrick" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 16:52:52 +0200
Subject: URGENT REPLY / COMPENSATION OF $2.100 000.00 8TH JULY 2008

Dear Friend,
I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred
under the cooperation of a new partner from Australia. Presently I'm in
Australia 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 thosefunds despite that it failed us some how.
Now contact my secretary, his name is (Mr. IG ZACK),Email;mr( ) ask him to send you the total $ which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts
andattempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that
time very much. so feel free and get in touched with my secretary (Mr.IG
)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 suffer
ness at that time. in the moment, I am very busy here in Australia because
of the investment projects which me and the new partner are having
athand,finally,remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on
your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get intouch with (IG ZACK
) and he will send the amount to you without any delay,remember he will send
you a cashier
cheque to your mail address which you will give to him.

With best regards,


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