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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: "NOOR BERNARD" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 23:54:28 +0530 (IST)

Good day,
I have a Mutual Beneficial Business
Project for you worth millions of dollars.
My name is Noor Bernard I want to seek your candid collaboration in
handling a business venture
that I feel would be mutually beneficial to you and I.
May I ask your permission to present you as a beneficiary to the will
of one of my trusted clients?
To commence this transaction,I require you to immediately indicate your
interest by a return e-mail.
Best regard,
Noor Bernard

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