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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: "Baker Williamjnr" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 23:48:33 +0200
Subject: Hello my good friend...!!

Hello my good friend how are you doin?My name is William Baker Jnr of the US army,I'm in the engineering millitary unit here in Baquba, Iraq,I need a partner to handle the receiving of some funds and investment procedure until I am discharged from the military.Due to the source of the money I cannot have the funds sent to the US and my military service demands that I cannot run an investment on my own.I am offering you 15% of the total money to be my partner.

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