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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 Basile Amoussou" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:23:11 +0430
Subject: Good News To You

Dear friend
Sorry it was due to my tight schedules I could not contact you,earlier before now. I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund under the cooperation of a new partner from India.
Presently I'm in New Delhi with the partner for some projects with the money. Meanwhile,I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in that process despite that it failed us at thattime.Now, I want you to contact my secretary on the information bellow
NAME; Mike Obi
Telephone +229 97265538
ask him to send you the total sum of ($800,000.00)Eight hundred thousand Dollar in A CASHIER'S CHEQUE, which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.I appreciated your efforts at that time very much,So feel
free and get in touch with my secretary MR.Mike Obi and instruct him where to send the amount to you.Please do let me know immediately you contact him so that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that time. In the moment,I am very busy here because of the
projects which I and the new partner are having at hand.
Mr Basile Amoussou

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