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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: "DR MICHEAL OWEN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 12:00:54 -0000

Excel Securities Company
Abidjan – Plateau R?publique de C?te d'Ivoire
01 BP 1874 Abidjan 01, C?te d'Ivoire
Contact Person: Dr Michael Owen (Director)
Phone: +225 45491697

Hello how are you doing today. I wanted you to know that the funds was released
from Nigeria and now in ATLANTA Georgia. It was carried by our diplomat Mr. George Landry And
the funds is now in ATLANTA Georgia in USA at the present time. The funds are now
lying with the diplomat who brought the funds from Nigeria to ATLANTA Georgia. The
diplomat doesn’t know the content of what is in the consignment he brought to
USA. On the documents that were given out to him he was told the consignment
contains industrial items and documents. So please do not let him know the
content of the consigment. Till its delivered to you and opened by you. You will
be given the passcode to open the consignment box as soon as we comfirm its had
been delivered and signed by you.

When contacting him don’t let him know that the consignment contains
Money, which he had brought to USA.

You will be contacting the diplomat for the delivery of the consignment to you.
Below its his contact information’s. You give him a call and let him know your
location so that the consignment can be delivered to you.
You also send to him your contact phone number and address with the below email.

Name: Mr. George Landry
Phone: +12069659564

When contact him you send him your address and phone number You give him a call.
Its important you give him a call. If you have any Question you can only reach
me on +225 45491697 or send me an email on


Dr Michael Owen (Director)

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