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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: "mrmrk_williams_02" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 04:06:12 +0100
Subject: Contact My Pastor For Your Compensation.

*Dear Friend,*

*You might find it so difficult to remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very
long time but
just to let you know that I have conscience as a human beign I didnot forgot
your past effort and attemps to assist me in transferring those funds
despite that it failed us some how.*

*now I'm happy to inform you that i have suceeded in getting those funds
transferred by God's infinite mercy under the cooperation of a new partner
from Paraguay.*

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*Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum which i am investing the money in Estate Business. meanwhile,i
didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring
those funds despite that it failed us some how.*

* *

*Now contact my pastor in benin with this address,*

* *

*Pastor favour Nwankwo
(a.k.a Holy Ghost Arena.)
E-mail:-(*** <>*)
Akpakpa, Cotonou-Republic Du Bénin.*


Ask him to send you the total of $800.000.00 which i kept for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this
matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. so feel free and
get in touched with my Pastor Favour Nwankwo and instruct him where to send
the cheque to you.

*Do Provide him with the following details, as this will enable him deliver
your cheque to you

1,Your Full Name..........
2,Delivery address........
3,phone number...........
4,Your country........... *

*Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferness at that time.
I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partner are having at hand
so feel free to get in touch with Pastor Favour Nwankwo he will send the
check to you without any delay.*

* *

Mr Mark Williams.



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