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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: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:06:01 +0900
Subject: Now contact my personal secretary

Dear Sir/Madam,

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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