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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: "JOY JAMES" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 13:59:44 -0800
Subject: contact rev. jack gbrown immediately

Dear Friend,

This is to thank you for your effort I understand that your hands were tied.
Not to worry. I have succeeded. The money has been transferred into the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in Australia . To compensate for your past assistance and commitments have dropped an International confirm Bank Draft of $2.5million for you.

I am in now in hospital for treatment of cancer which may led me to dead in any moment
from now, please remember to pay 10 percent to charity organization and remain balance
is for you and your family.

More over, Contact rev jack brown with blow information to enable him delivery your check to you.

My sincere advice to you as a Christian is that you should Endeavour to pay your tithe (10%) to a bible believing church when you get the prize.

Contact person: rev jack brown
Telephone. +234 7063 909 905

Forward my mail to him, and then ask him to send the check to you and provide for him
the following information.
Your full name...........
You home address...........
A photo copy or driver license.............
And your telephone number...........
Take good care of your self and more bless.

Regards Joy James

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