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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: "Mrs. Blessing Charles." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 16:10:22 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail meets you in a perfect condition.

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting your winning funds
under the co-operation of a new partner from ASIA .Presently I'm in ASIA
CHINA for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts
to get your winnings despite that it failed somehow.

Now contact my secretary in Abuja his name is MR. Erick Anayo Find below
his contact information.

Tel: +234-813-740-0020

Ask him to send you the total $500.000.00 (FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND US
DOLLARS) certified bank Cheque, which I raised in your favor for your
compensation for all the past efforts and attempt in this matter. I
appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in
touch with my secretary and give him your address where to send the draft
to you and your full information for him to know you are realy the

Fill this form and send him to enable me dispatch your check at once.

(1) Your full name- -----------
(2) Your address -------------
(3) Your telephone number------------
(4) Occupation-----------
(5) Company?s name------------
(6) Company?s address------------

Please do let me know immediately you receive the Cheque to enable us
share the joy after all the sufferness at that time.

In the moment,I'm very busy here because of the investment projects,
which the new partner and me are having at hand,finally, remember that I
had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to Receive that
money. So feel free to get in touch with him (Mr.Erick Anayo )without any

Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Best regards,

Yours faithfully,
Mrs. Blessing Charles.
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