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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: Mr Mark Whynes <>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2009 03:44:11 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear, From:Mr.Mark Whynes

Cote D' Ivoire
Abidjan West Africa.

Hello Dear,

I am Mr.Mark Whynes from Cote D' Ivoire Abidjan West Africa . It is my desire to contact you on honesty and sincerity to assist me in transferring the sum of $10.200,000(Ten Million Two Hundered United States Dollars) inherited from my father late Mr. Dank Whynes to your country for investment. I
am motivated in contacting you and hope to gradually build trust, relationship and confidence in you as I get to know you better.

So please I want to know if you will be of assistance but first I want to get to know you better. I am willing to offer you (15%) for your effort input after the successful of Claiming this box from the security company here. Indicate your interest towards assisting me by sending your phone and
address so that I can communicate with you at any time. I will be waiting for your response.

Thanks for your understanding,

Best regards,

Mr.Mark Whynes

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