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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: Dabire Asim <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 18:56:47 +0000 (GMT)

Greetings,   Howare you with your family? I hope fine. I'm happy to inform you about mysuccess in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of anew partner from Mexico,i am precisely in mexico, meanwhile I didn'tforget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those fundsdespite that it failed us some how. Now contact my secretary inBurkina-Faso West Africa through her e-mail id ( her to send you the total cheque of ($800.000.00US Dollars)which Ikept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts toassist me in this transaction. so feel free and get in touched with mysecretary Miss Mariam Philip. She will send the draft to you.   Regards,Asim Dabire

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