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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: "ikennanwazi0000000" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2008 09:41:27 -0700

Dear Friend,

I am Dr Iyke Nna and I am very happy to inform you about my success in
getting that fund transferred. Now I want you to contact my secretary on his
email address below and receive your compensation of $1.2m from him:

NAME:Joseph Robert


Kindly reconfirm to him the following below information:

Your full name_________________________
Your address__________________________
Your country___________________________
Your Phone number______________________

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete, he will
not release the cheque to you because he has to be sure that it isyou. Ask
him to send you the total sum of ($1.2m )USD CASHIER'S CHEQUE which I kept
for you. Note also that I will not be reached by email orphone for now
because I am currently away in Japan for investment purpose with my share
and I will be busy till about six months.

Best regards,

IKenna Nwamzi

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