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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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Fraud email example:

From: <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 03:25:29 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Personal, Letter From Lucy


It is with trust and confidence that I make this urgent business proposal to you because I have been very careful due to the sensitive nature of this transaction notwitstanding the present dishonesty that surrounds the world today.
I know it may seem Improper to introduce myself this way and more importantly via E-mail but I Have just considered it faster and safe means of communication.Do not be amazed by this mail.I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will be Attached to this transaction.

I am introducing my self as Ms. Lucy Benjamin, the only Dauther of late Chief and Mrs Kabba Benjamin, I wish to request for your assistance in a
financial transaction.your contact was revealed to me divinely after my fervent prayer.

And i wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country.

I have five million five houndred thousand united states
dollars.USD($5.500,000) to invest in your country, and I will require
your assistance in receiving the funds in your personal/company account for
investment, I will be gladly to give you 10% of the total sum for your

please if you are intrested kindly contact me immediately on my email box for it is very important.
For further explanation on how we will proceed.
Awaiting your immediate response

Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards

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