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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 2012 11:58:37 -0000

My Dear,

My Name is Rolando Gomez an executive director with the International Payment Clearance Bureau (IPCB INC UK), I have been mandated to seek for a committed partner that has the providence to coordinate a high profile investment, coming from a Europe.

The investment funds accrued from Africa but its of huge sum, The benefit of the both parties in this transaction is as follows: The investor as party (A) and you the coordinator of the investment of whom will guide and propel the areas of investment interest and the receiver of the net funds for investment in your country stand in
as party (B).

The source of the investment funds is of legitimate origin and the percentage of the investment profit including the net funds is 30% for party (B) and 70% for party

(A), The funds is with a prime Bank in Europe, all procedure shall be legal and must attain the International financial rules / regulations and it is risk free. You should indicate your interest by providing any other means of communication other than email.

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