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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. Musa Kuku" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 22:30:57 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,
Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed at the course of the transaction, I want to compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,150.00 (One Million Hundred and Fifty thousand United States Dollars). I have authorized the finance house where I deposited my money to issue you international certified bank draft cashable at your bank.
My dear friend I will like you to contact the finance house for the collection of this international certified bank draft. The name and contact address of the Person with your Cheque Prince Anthoney Mark, is as follows:

1,Your Full Name..........
2,Delivery address........
3,Phone number...........
4,Your passport/Driven License...........
CONTACT AGENT Prince Anthoney Joseph
At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand. Finally, remember that I have forwarded instruction to the finance house on your behalf to send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact them without delay.
Please I will like you to accept this with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart. Thanks and God bless you and your family. Hope to hear from you as soon as you receive this.
My sincere advice to you as a christian is that you should endeavor to pay your tithe to a bible believing church when you get  this because it is God that made it.
Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Musa Kuku.

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