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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 05:35:54 -0430 (VET)
Subject: =?UTF-8?B?JDIuNW0gQ29tcGVuc2F0aW9uIGZvciB5b3VyIHBhc3QgZWZmb3J04oCP?=

Hello my friend,

Contact Reverend Dennis West through this
Tel/Phone: +234 706 783 9949

Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I did not forgot your past effort and attempts to assist me, now I'm happy to inform you that I have succeeded in getting those Funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Germany.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in that process despite that it failed us at that time, due to no trust. Now, I want you to contact my Priest, His name is Reverend Fr.Dennis West. And his email address is ( Arrange with him on how the total sum of TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ( $2,500.000.00USD) will reach you safely which I have already 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.

At the moment, I'm very busy here because of the investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart, also comply with Reverend Fr.Dennis West  directives so that He will send the draft to you without any delay.

NOTE; You are advised to stop any further communication with your local representative(s) any officials (s) department whom may call you or Email concerning the check draft worth sum of $2,500.000.00 except Reverend Fr.Dennis West, You are advised not to receive any fax or telephone calls that does not come from Him, because He is the only person I left the order on how to deliver the check draft to you, and you may call Him immediately you receive this email for more information through the instruction I left.Please send the below information to him to enable him get back to you immediately

1. Your full Name________
2. Delivery address______
3. Phone number________
4. E-mail address________

Mr. Patrick Williams

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