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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: "Steve Chalacar." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 16:25:15 +0700

My Dear Friend,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Geneva Switzerland. Although you might find it difficult to remember me, since it has indeed been quite a long time.

However, I am much elated and privileged to contact you again after this long time. While it takes faith and courage to remember old friends and at the same time, to show gratitude to them in-spite of circumstances that may have disrupted our transaction ultimately not to work out as we projected.

Nevertheless, I take this liberty to inform you that the transaction we were pursuing then together, finally worked out by the infinite mercy of GOD Almighty and some credit to you for your initial support. I've decided to contact you, just to let you know the present situation.

I must inform you also that I am presently in Geneva Switzerland for business negotiations and establishment and with a sincere heart, I have raised and signed an International Certified Bank Draft, to the tune of $1, 068,000 USD Only in your name as Compensation for your dedication and humane contribution as it were. I will be very busy here at the moment because of the investment projects that me and my new partners are having at hand.

so you need to send to him your full name and address where the Certified Bank Draft
will be delivered to you, including your cell phone number.
Finally, I left explicit instructions with Mr. Marc Saunders. to send the Certified Bank Draft to you by Courier immediately you contact him hera in thailand,
Below is his contact information:

In view of this, you are to contact: Mr. Marc Saunders
Contact Phone number: +66- 858361181
Address: 15 Rajdamnern Avenue
Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Take note and bear in mind that the International Certified Bank Draft has a validity period of 30 banking days, as such it is expedient you contact him and thus have modality put in place to conclude this arrangement in the earliest possible time.

Steve Chalacar.

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