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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 Norton Woloma <>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 09:51:35 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: My success at Last,

Dear  Friend, 
It is my pleasure to reach you after our unsuccessful attempt on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the funds, without any positive outcome.
 I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in moved the funds with the help of a new partner from India Mr. Kumar Raji. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one of the Lady Accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Financ(FMF),and she rendered a tremendous help to us.
 My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked out successfully.In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $930,000.00 (Nine Hundred and thirty Thousand United States Dollars) in a Bank Draft. This is from  my own share.
I did this simply to show appreciation to you for your kind support and assistance even though we could not succeed due to some unforseen circumstances and reason. Presently,I am in India for Treatment with my own share under the advice of my partner.Meanwhile,I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring this funds despite the fact that we could not succeed.
 I will be sending you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not. In the light of the above, you are therefore, to the delivery courier, where i keep the Bank Draft for delivery,send to them your contact address where you want the Draft to be sent,the company address:

Apex Courier Express Benin
Phone +229 97 02 02 49
Contact Person: Nelson Febian
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the suffering at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here in India because of the investment projects and my treatment for the cancer, which the new partner and I are having at hand. So feel free to get in touch with him to send the Draft to you without any delay.
With My Best Regards,
Dr Norton Woloma


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