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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: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:54:53 -0700 (PDT)

=A0Dear=A0 Sir/ Madam,
=A0=A0 We,Port Harcourt Real Estate are proud to inform all foreign investo=
rs that we'll be in partnership with corporate organisations,wealthy busine=
ss men & women,industralist to acquire Lands & erect offices & homes at a v=
ery strategic Locations in Port Harcort,Lagos & Abuja to invest in Nigeria.=
=A0=A0 We,also indeed 'll appreciate our coexistence of biliteral agreement=
with UN countries & Common Wealth countries to invest in Nigerian soil,as =
we provide our investors with maximum security & conducive atmosphere for i=
nvestment.For more info on our laid down plans for investment,you can visit=
our,& do not hesitate to contact me =
at,or my Nigerian Mobile Number:+2348064309870=
=A0 Yours Sincerely,
=A0Mr.Victor Elikee

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