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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:

Date: Sun, 04 Mar 2012 10:34:51 +0100
Subject: Compensation

From: Mr. Mark Watson

My Good Friend, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those
Funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from
Paraguay. Presently I am in Paraguay for investment projects with my own
Share of the total sum. Mean while, I didn't forget your past efforts and
Attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed
Us some how. Now contact my confidential secretary as i stated below
Follow his instructions:

Rev.Douglas Jones
Telephone number +233-2493-57295

Ask him to send you the check what of $1,500,000,00 which I kept for your
compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this
matter and i have appreciated your past efforts at that time very much.So
feel free and get in touched with my secretary Rev. Douglas Jones and
instruct him where to send the check to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
Joy together after all the suffering at that time you trying to help me
Out. at this 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
Had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf to receive the
check, so feel free to get in touch with Rev.Douglas Jones to send the
check to you without any further delay and try to be honest with him
because he is God fearing man.

With best regards,
Mr. Mark Watson

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