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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.cordilia .Ale" <>
Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2012 08:01:52 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: Dearest Friend,

Dearest Friend,

Compliments of the Day and God's blessings from Senator Vivian Lewis. I am Senator Vivian Lewis who contacted you long ago, I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner, Now I want you to contact my secretary on the information below:

Name: mrs.cordilia .Ale
Telephone /  +229 9846 9443

Ask him to send you the total sum of (US$2,500,000USD) Two Million Five Hundred Thousand USD Cashier's Cheque which I kept for your Compensation.For your good collaboration during the business, make sure that you do all the necessary cooperation with my secretary in order to transfer your international bank draft to you immediately, because i may not be around then.

Send him the below Information for the mailing of your International Bank Draft:

Full Name:..................
Residence Address:.......
Phone Number:...........

Keep me posted as soon as you received your International Bank from my Secretary as instructed.

Yours faithfully.
Senator Vivian Lewis.

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