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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: "Mrs Elizabeth Donald." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 10:33:44 -0600

My Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred
to a Swiss Account with the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay who
is an international business man.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed, I
want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of
US$600,000.00 (Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) I have
authorized the Finance House where I deposited the money to issue you
international certified bank draft cashable at your bank.
Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the
total sum.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite the fact that it failed us some how. My
dear, I will like you to contact the CEO in charge of the finance house
for the collection of this international certified bank draft.

CONTACT AGENT: Mr.James smith.
PHONE NUMBER:+234-805-996-0862

Ask him to send to you the total $600,000 (Six Hundred Thousand US
Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and
attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that
time very much, so feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr.Jay
smith and instruct him where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the suffering at that time. At the moment, I am very busy
here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are
having at hand. Remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary
on your behalf to receive that money, so get in touch with him and he will
send the amount to you without delay.

Finally, my sincere advice to you as a christian is that you should
endeavour to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get the
money share of the money with best regards.

Mrs Elizabeth Donald.

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