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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. Paul Brown" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:29:34 +0700
Subject: Diversion Of Your Fund, Act Fast !!!


In accordance to my religious persuasion, I felt expedient to write and inform you on the wicked conspiracy hatched by the duo of JUSTICE AKANBI and Mr. Naiyaju of the Ministry of Finance to divert your money to their designated account in Europe. From my position as a lowly clerk in this office, I discovered that they moved the fund from africa to Spain and then moved it last week to Banco Italiano in ITALY. Today I found out through the Central computer database that they are about to reroute your fund to a security company in London. With this, I felt that it is important for me to alert you on this development.

They are still using your name and contract/inheritance identification number as the beneficiary but they have changed the account co-0rdinate and this is the reason they are frustrating you by asking for endless fees in order to buy time pending when they will transfer your funds to their designated account in cayman islands. I have the reference number of the transaction and the number of the official who is directly in charge at the SECURITY COMPANY in LONDON.

And if you have never been contacted before I am using this medium to inform you that your fund is being diverted and you have to act fast because it is your name which is on the case file, so be aware as they are hiding this from you long ago until I came across your case file.

Your payment is supposed to go through the London credit control financial clearing house before finally Lodged in the security company there in London.All the data about your claim profile are within my reach. I do not need gratification from you either in cash or kind. I can never be a part of evil because the bible said YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE.

Please respect my discretion in this matter, you can send an email to me so I can give you the reference code number and the name and ontact information of the officials of the security company in London. I repeat, please do not expose my person, it is not easy to get jobs around here and I cannot contend with these powerful individuals because they can eliminate me just like that. Do get back to us with a reachable phone number for easy communication.

God bless you
Mr Paul Brown

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