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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: "JM MAJILIS" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 19:50:13 +0800

Dear Sir/Ma,

As the Euthenics of these deal warrants, I wish to be very brief, & go straight to my case/point, for contacting you. Am a Private Financial consultant, as well as "AG", Accountant General, This is my third decade within the financial institution around the globe.
Further , at the moment am right here in Malaysia, to audit some banks/financial institutions, to my greatest amusement, I discovered a dormant a/c, which was opened since the inception of the said bank (we are), under auditing now, & since from then after 5months it was operated then, & since after that, it has not being operated, touched, withdrawn any money from it or any deposit made into it again. However, with some frantic remarks, as I delved deep into more inquires, I found out that the operator, is no more, & with every effort to find/nor see any one from the province of the former bears of the said acct. or who knows such family name, crashed to an endless road, that threw up a new Ideas that brought this contact with you. I honestly, from my inter woven laden soul, urge & require you to sleep over this matter, & I strongly believe that you will definitely see reasons with me, for us to come together as one body & remove this huge sum from this bank here to any choice bank of yours, most cogent reason no; 1, for this new divine order/solution to better the lives of the "Less-privileged people, the orphanages & the homeless in our horrific society, that never cared for the poor. No; 2 reason, the money is wasting just like that. Yes we can as well make some money out of it for ourselves & that of our respective beloved families, etc.. I will rest this matter appleish, until you make it ready for consumption & or break it up for us to have the test. As soon as I have your prompt positive response, I will forward you details of this transaction & tell you the next line of actualizing this efficient deal.
My b/rgds; & respect sincerely,
Yours very own,
Datuk J. M. Majilis.
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