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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.Herry Goodluck" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 10:30:48 -0430 (VET)
Subject: ***SPAM*** Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transfered
under the co-operation of a new partner.

Meanwhile, i didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us

some how. Now contact my Secretary on his informations

You can call him on his phone number +229 99376047
Name: Mr. Pual William
Phone: +229 99376047

Ask him to send you the total of $1,200,000.00 in a certified bank cheque
which I kept for your compensation. In the moment,

I'm very busy here because of the investment projects which the new partner
and I are having at hand, finally remember to

send your current informations to him as

1) Your full name.____________
2) Your contact address._________
3) A Copy Of Your Identity___________
4) Your direct telephone._________________
5) Sex.__________________________________
6) Age and Occupation._______________________

Thanks and God bless.
Yours Sincerely.
Mr.Herry Goodluck

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