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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. LISA TEMA" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2009 17:57:37 -0600

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail meets you in a perfect condition. I am using this opportunity to thank
you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your
account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to
someone else account who was capable of assisting me in this great venture
through the help of the diplomat I told you about. Due to your effort,
sincerity, courage and trustworthiness'
You showed at the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and
show my gratitude to you with the sum of $750,000.

I have authorized my new lawyer who is now also my legal adviser to issue
you International certified bank check cashable at your bank. My dear friend
I will like you to contact the lawyer for the collection of this
international certified bank check. The name and contact address of the
lawyer is as follows.

Belmont Limcharoen International Law Firm
39th FL, 3904 A united Center Bldg.
323, silom Road, Bangrak Bangkok.10500, Thailand.
PHONE NUMBER: +66812458507

At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I
and my new partner are having at hand in Paris France. Finally, remember
that I have forwarded instruction to the Lawyer on your behalf to send the
bank Check to you as soon as you contact him without delay.

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from
the bottom of my heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to
hear from you soon.

Your Friend,
Mrs. Lisa Tema

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