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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: "StephenWebster" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Aug 2011 13:42:34 +0200
Subject: partnership request

Compliments of the day to you my name is Stephen Webster
Business Manager Societe Generale Bank United Kingdom. I am
contacting you to seek your partnership in a pending
business project, which I have here in my hand and ready to
be executed without hitches, I would give to you a more
detailed explanation of this project which I prefer to call
a deal, if I get your positive response in agreeing to
partner with me since this business is 100% risk free
because I have all the modalities fashioned out to give this
business an excellent outcome. In an attempt to throw light
on this business deal, a month ago a Bahrain multinational
company opted an overdraft from our bank, and it was over
invoiced with an amount of, seven million five hundred
thousand pounds, thus I seek your partnership to enable me
transfer this funds to your account for both of us and, I am
open to negotiate your percentage so far you put in your
utmost attention, confidentiality and sincerity due to the
nature of the
business. Please if you are interested do respond back to me
via email( for further
Best Regards,
Stephen Webster

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