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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: "Maurice Iwu" <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 15:30:54 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Now contact my personal secretary

Dear Sir,

How are you today? It’s been long I heard from you. Well, I just want to use
this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in
receiving the funds totaling (USD$22 MILLION), without any positive outcome. I
am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in receiving the funds with the
help of a new partner from Germany. Everything was perfectly done because we
strike a deal with one of the accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of
Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated
this idea and everything worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds. I have
decided to compensate you with the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One Million US Dollars)
this is from my own share. I did this simply to show you that it is good to do
good things to the right people always. Presently, I am in London for investment
project with my own share under the advice of my partner, your fund is into
check so contact my secretary about that to send it to you.

Meanwhile,I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us somehow. I will be sending
you e-mail from time to time to know if you have received your share or not. Now
contact my personal secretary in Nigeria.

Name: Mr. Mark Ugo
Address: No 4 Bello drive dolphins Lagos-Nigeria
Phone: +234-7083244858

Please do let me know immediately if you receive your check so that we can share
the joy together after all the sufferings at that time. at the moment, I am very
busy here in Germany because of the investment projects, which the new partner
and I are having at hand. So feel free to get in touch with Mr. Mark Ugo and
send him your needed information below to enable him send the money to you
without any delay.

Needed information’s are:

Your Full Name:....................
Your Home Address:.................
Your home phone:...................
Your Cell phone:...................
Your age:..........................
Your occupation:...................
A copy of your international passport or any valid ID

With My Best Regards,
Prof.Maurice Iwu

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