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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: "Sheryl Newton" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 01:59:51 -0700

Attention: Please,

My name is Sheryl Newton, an Australian, based in London U.k. I work with a

established oil company here in London, name of company withheld for
security reason`s. My

boss is in charge of offshore remittance in this establishment. He asked me
to seek your

assistance for a transfer of [GB £7M]SEVEN MILLION POUNDS STERLING] to your
account for

further private investment.

This amount accrued from an over-invoiced contract awarded to a Chinese firm
for the

construction of an Oil Drilling stations in Berkshire London in 2006 The
original value

of the contract was (GBP £14M) but we manipulated the figure to read Twenty
one Million

pound sterling(£21M)
The extra (£7M) is what we want to transfer to your account for our own
personal use and


Note that the nature of your job does not matter,All modalities to effect
the payment and

subsequent transfer of this money have been worked out. This transaction is
100% risk free

but requires 100 percent confidentiality. This is a golden opportunity,
which must not be

allowed to slip out of our hands as a result of any careless acts and
utterances. We chose

you for this transaction because we believe that good friends can be
discovered and

businesses such as this cannot be realized without trust. You can be rest
assured that

your security has been considered before you were contacted.

At the end of the deal you will be compensated with 24% of the total sum,
while the rest

will be used in investments in a lucrative ventures in your country. If you
are interested

in this deal, kindly get back to me with your full details including your



Sheryl Newton

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