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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. JERRY NTAI" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:15:10 +0200
Subject: Please Read And Kindly Get Back To Me!!!


Good Day,

Please kindly accept my apology for sending you this email without
your consent. I believe you are a highly respected personality,
considering the
fact that I sourced your email from the peoples search database on the
web during my discrete search for a foreign partner whom can assist me
in taking
this business to it success. Though, I do not know to what extent you
are familiar with events. I have a proposal for you.This however is
not mandatory
nor will I in any manner compel you to honor against your will,but I
hope you will read on and consider the value I offer.My name is Mr.
Jerry Ntai, I am
the Head of Operations in Mevas Bank, Hong Kong. I have a business
proposal in the tune of US$25.2m to be transferred to an offshore
account with your
assistance if willing.After the successful transfer, we shall share in
ratio of 30% for you and 70% for me.Should you be interested, please
respond to my
letter immediately,so we can commence all arrangements and I will give
you more information on the project and how we would handle it.You can
contact me
on my private email:( and send
me the following information for documentation purpose:

(1)Full name:
(2)private phone number:
(3)current residential address:
(5)Age and Sex:

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards,
Mr. Jerry Ntai

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