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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:49:10 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Compensation Payment.

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered under the co-operation of a new partner. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how.Please I want you to contact my Secretary on his informations below:

Name: Mr.Johnson Ben
Email: ( )
Phone: +229 9387-9329

And ask him to send you the total of $1,200,000.00 in a Certified Bank Cheque which I kept for your compensation. In the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which the new Partner and I are having at hand, finally remember to send the below informations to Mr.Johnson Ben.

1) Your full name.
2) Your contact address.
4) Your direct telephone number.Thanks and God bless.Yours Sincerely. Mr.Tony Morris

(CEO)Skanska UK Pss House Denham Way
Maple Cross Rickmansworth
Hertfordshire WD3 9SW.UK

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