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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: "Jerry Ntai" <>
Date: 15 Oct 2009 06:49:23 -0000
Subject: Please Read (Get Back To Me ASAP)


Good Day,

Please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without your
consent. I believe you are a highly respected personality, considering the
fact that I sourced your email from the peoples search database on the web
during my discreet search for a foreign partner whom can assist me in
this business to it success. Though, I do not know to what extent you are
familiar with events. I have a proposal for you. This however is not
mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will,
I hope you will read on and consider the value I offer.

My name is Mr. Jerry Ntai; I am the Head of Operations in Mevas Bank, Hong
Kong. I have a business proposal in the tune of US$25.2m to be transferred
an offshore account with your assistance if willing. After the successful
transfer, we shall share in ratio of 30% for you and 70% for me. Should you
be interested, please respond to my letter immediately, so we can commence
all arrangements and I will give you more information on the project and
we would handle it.

You can contact me on my private email: ( ) and
send me the following information for documentation purpose:

(1) Full name:
(2) Private phone number:
(3) Current residential address:
(4) Occupation:
(5) Age and Sex:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Jerry Ntai.

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