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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, 23 Nov 2008 02:36:06 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Please Respond Me

Complement of the season to you and your beloved family. Do not be astonished for receiving this mail as I was decide to send this mail to you . Please I seek your permission and would want to get myself introduce to you.

I am introducing my self as Miss.Benedita Tessy Alfred, the only Daugther of late Chief and Mrs Nicodemus Rashell Afred. I wish to request for your assistance in a financial transaction.And I wish to invest in Manufacturing and real estate management in your country. or possible any good
lucrative business you know much better then me.

I have Five million six houndred thousand united state dollars.USD($5.600,000) to invest in your country, and I will require your assistance in helping me stand as my late father's foreign business partner who he deposited the consignment on his behalf into the security company, the consignment
was deposited in Africa in the care of the security company . According to the director of the company. I will still go to the security company and fine out more as soon as I hear seriousely from you.

Please it is very important you contact me immediately for further explanation on the whole entire work plan.

Awaiting your immediate response
Thanks and God bless.
Best Regards
Benedita Tessy Afred

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