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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: "Ravidas Internet Marketers" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 01:26:07 +0100

Ravidas Internet & General Marketing Co.                
23Road, R Close, Festac Town, Lagos.                                                                                           
Tel: +234 806 489 1087                                                                                                      
CEO – A.O.IBIYEMI, MSc(Est Mgt) Lag, MNIM, M.I.Entrep.Educators
We are a firm of internet and general marketers with operations worldwide. Equipped with the necessary skills and competences, we are able to provide the underlisted services/tasks which might be of interest to you:
For Whom?
Web Promotion
Promotion of websites in order to attract traffic or visitors to the sites by using web submitters and email campaigns
Every venture and organisation that has hosted a website
Sale of opt-in emails
Sale of opt-in and verified emails.
Promoters of Goods, Products and services
Spammers and Phishers should not subscribe pls
Property Lists/Bulletin Promotion
Promotion of your property sale/letting lists to millions of people nation and worldwide
Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Propert Agents, Private & Public Developers
Bulk Email Sending
There two options:
We can send the emails to any list provided by you.
Self service, by purchasing the softwares and/or monthly SMTP
Individuals, Companies & Organisations wishing to send festive greetings, payment reminders, promote new and existing products, announce meetings, etc
Spammers and Phishers should not subscribe pls
Legitimate Internet Businesses that you can do
For how long can you sustain your family if you lose you job?
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Private & Govt employees, job seekers, prospective entrepreneurs, self-employed, and housewives
Links to Online Real Estate Resources
Facilitates easy and convenient links to Real Estate Resources
Estate Surveyors and Valuers, Propert Agents, Private & Public Developers
Sale of Books in Electronic Formats
E-books on Religion, Spirituality, Computer & Internet, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education & Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, etc
Every educated person
Research Data & Analyses
Field Data Analyses Using any Statistical Tests, Sale of SPSS Software, and e-books on Research Methods and Data Analyses
Post & Undergraduate Students. Lecturers, Professionals, and Researchers
Text To Speech Facility
Helps you to hear your emails, web pages, weathercasts, messages and any other text in your computer. The software can read your text to you loud and clear.
A POP peeper full version software will be given free of charge
Every ICT-Compliant person
For further inquiries about modes of operation and service charges, mail to:
This mail has satisfied the requirements of the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 which prescribed best practices for email campaigns: The mail is strictly promotional, and no payment has been demanded from recipients; the subject lines and contact addresses are in no way misleading: your mail has been founded through our own efforts on web search. Although opt-in lists are not mandatory, yet all our emails are opt-ins. All our claims can be verified.
This mail was sent to you because you in our opt-in list. To unsubscribe, mail “Unsubscribe” in the subject line, to and we will take care that you do not receive any further promotional mail.

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