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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: George Norman <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 06:23:29 -0400
Subject: From George Norman

Charles Hick
22 St. James Square
United Kingdom.

"My Name is Charles Hicks here in the UK.I am authorized to send this email on behalf of my client" (MR. Geroge .N. YOHANNA). Due to the recent earthquate outbreak in Haiti.

Find attached documents for your better understanding.


Good Day,

I am Mr geroge.N. Yohanna, a citizen of Haiti. I have some reasonable and
verifiable funds (30m) which I want to invest in your country with you as my
managing partner. Although I have an age long interest in the Real Estate
business,. I would however rely on your advise on any profitable/low risk
business venture since you as a citizen of your country would be more
accurate as to the best type of business to venture into. Should this
proposal be of any interest to you, please do not hesitate to contact me on immediately. I will provide the complete
details of this business proposal as soon as I hear from you.

Best Regards,

George Norman.
Certified Investment Consultant,
Chairman & C.E.O.

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