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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: "Dr. Robert Williams" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 00:09:37 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

How are you doing, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred? Now I want you to contact my secretary Mr. Frederic Oscar on the information below and receive your compensation of USD$1.5 Million Dollars from him:

contact my secretary Mr. Frederic Oscar
Email :(
Telephone: :+229 967 310 25

Send him the following information to prove your self to him:

Your full name;...........
Your country:..............
Your address:..............
Your phone number:.........
Your occupation:...........
Your age:..................

Note that if you did not send him the above information complete he will not release the Check to you because he has to be very sure before he will release the Certified Bank Draft to you.

Note also that I will not be reached by email or phone for now because I am currently away for investment and I will be busy till about six or seven months time.

Remember the only person I asked you to contact is Mr. Frederic Oscar Email :(

I wish you success

Sincerely yours,
Dr. Robert Williams

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