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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: Dennis Azi <>
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2012 20:33:23 +0000
Subject: Compliments

Dear Sir/Madam,

l am Dennis Azi, the only child of late Chief Pascal Azi , I wish to
request for your assistance in a financial transaction that I want to
invest in real estate management in your country.I am from Liberia 20 years
old.My late father was an international businessman and a cocoa merchant,
my father was killed by rebels on September 19 2011 and as his only child
they are also seeking to kill me too. Before the death of my Father he
deposited the sum £10.5 million GBP in a Security Company in London and
told me to seek for a foreign partner that will provide account overseas
where the funds will be transferred to for Investment.

Please I am asking you to assist me so that this funds can be transferred
to your account for Investment. Every documents about the funds is legal.

God bless you,
Dennis Azi

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