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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr Robert Carlos Vila" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:49:29 -0800
Subject: ATTENTION Business partnership with you


Crude oil sales business partnership with you

I am contacting you in good faith and this information will be of mutual benefit to both of us . Your email was given to me by a someone at the south African embassy when i made a trip there.My intent of contacting you is based on the offer on ground.

The South African national Petroleum and Pipeline authority is granting a Crude Oil sales/distribution license for 24 million barrels of crude oil per annum to a competent company. The license has an operating duration of 5 years and 24 million barrel quota per annum. I am in a position to influence the award of this license that will protect my interest. Hence i am proposing a 50/50 partnership.

I am well acquainted with the operations of such a license and the industry in general.

However, we shall be entitled to a commission of $2 on each barrel sold from the license's allocation. We can still make additional income/commission from negotiations with the buyers group.If you are interested ,can you kindly get back to me for for us to begin immediately and also include your mobile phone numbers and contact address in your response

Mr Robert Carlos Vila

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