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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2008 02:38:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Contact My Secretary for Your Bank Draft

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Dear friend, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund Now. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you.But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund into my new partner's account in Germany, who was eventually,capable of assisting me in this great venture.Due to your effort,sincerity,courage and trust worthiness You showed during the course of the transaction.I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,500 000.00.I have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of $1,500 000.00. Contact My Secretary for Your Bank Draft,on the information below NAME; MR.LUKE CHUKWUMA,EMAIL:(, ask him to send you the total sum of $1,500.000.00 international bank draft cashable everywhere in the world for your compensation. CONTACT HIM ON this email( TE!
LL= +229 93 222 122.However I am leaving to Germany. for investment purposes.Regards,DR. USMAN ADAMU.Contact My Secretary for Your Bank Draft

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