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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: "Dr. Harry Jubryl" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2008 06:14:05 -0700


Good Day,

On continual research development programmes on World fast growing Economy
as published by Government through her Embassies reflecting Essentially in
the commercial Attaches in London United Kingdom.

However, your contact information reflect on public records as contained on
government information service Gazettes and whoever appear on the public
record is relatively Credible.

I am Dr.Harry Jubryl Chief Accountant of the World and Sub regional

United Nation (UN) in partnership with AFRICA UNION (AU) IS affiliated
office in London.

I wish to intimate you with this proposal in my capacity as a Chief
Accountant and in full agreement with the Auditor general of this able
organisation (UN/AU).

We scrutinized all records and the accounts of awarded and executed
contracts of this organisation (UN/AU) since the inception of NEPAD/UNITED
NATION DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE in Ecowas sub-region state and we carefully
uncover and mapped out a whopping sum of $20.5m which we want to transfer
into your account as the beneficiary, you can authentically apply for supply
if it interest you to be our client with full guarantee from me.

The money $20.5m has been approved for payments by this organisation.

The Financial Trustee (endorsed by the accountant general of the
organisation) and to be paid to the beneficiary account under contract
number UN/NEPAD/OGN/FMF/GCB/B25/7/006.

As a top civil servant, we are not allowed to operate foreign bank account
hence our decision to use your accounts in full trust and confidence to
transfer this money outside United Nation and NEPAD in ECOWAS sub-region.

We will accept you as our principal partner and contractor in sum of $20.5m.

Moreover it is pertinent to note that it is risk free and does not require
much engagement since we have taken care of the deal in full capacity.

Please contact me through my private email address below for more lively

I am anxiously waiting for your response with hope you will understand the
confidential nature of this and its reality is a dream come true.

Best Regards,

Dr.Harry Jubryl.
15 Old Square
Lincoln's Inn

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