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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: "Gerald Abam" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 06:58:42 +0800
Subject: Greetings to you

Greetings to you

I am Very pleased to be in contact with you, for the possibility of
accepting my Proposal to you. Please note that I don't have anything to hide
for you, irrespective that I have not seen you in person. My name is Dr
Gerald Abam the scrutiny officer contract award committee offshore
department in London.

Due to the increase of corruption going on in the world, we have been
mandated by the finance minister to settle all debt owed by our foreign
contractors. After all, I have been able to negotiate out for our self the
sum of $6.5. Million Dollars which was packaged in a box and deposited to a
diplomatic home as a family valuable which will be delivered through a
diplomatic means out of the country, Due to the civil services rule and
regulation act of 1999 here which prohibits civil servants from having a
foreign account, I am soliciting for your assistance to act as the
beneficiary to the said consignment deposited to the diplomatic company, the
whole exercise is 100% risk free on your side as I have set in motion all
necessary modalities for the successful processing of the delivery of the
fund abroad You are requested to furnish me with your full particulars
including your phone number in order to present you as the bonafide owner of
the consignment.

The sharing plans will be made known to you as soon as I hear back from

You can reach me through my private email address:

Best Regards,

Dr Gerald Abam

Phone no: + 447035902495 <>

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