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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: "Mr. David Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2010 05:11:01 -0500
Subject: Please Contact Mr George For Your Draft $600.000.00

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?

I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have received an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with another person who financed it to a logical conclusion but i know that people has been using my identification to contact you as a fraud act so i want you to decease from contacting them because I know they just making earns out of you. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the security company to my new partner's account in London that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $600,000.00. I have left an international certified bank draft for you worth about $600,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact Barr. George Williams for the collection of this international certified bank draft have authorized to release the international certified bank draft to you as soon as you contact him regarding this issue because as soon as you contact them the package will be forwarded to the delivery company. At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which myself and my new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept comply with Mr. George Williams so that he will send the draft to you without any delay.

CONTACT: Mr. George Williams
ADDRESS: 102 Daytona ave. Holly Hull, City 32 Abuja.
TEL: +234 705 546 2036

Therefore, you should send him your full Name and telephone number/your address where you want him to send the draft to you I want you to give him a call as well for verification.

Thanks and God bless you and your family. I am very busy now i may not reply to any email for sometime.

Best Regards

Mr. David Moore

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