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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: "Joe Allen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:26:25 +0100
Subject: After A serious Thought Hence I Seek Your Consent

Dear Sir.
I bring you greetings. My name is Mr.Joe Allen, I am a staff with Abbey National Plc London, currently I am heading our regional office in West Africa as a Retail Manager at Abbey Commercial Bank Ltd Ghana.However our late customer named Engr.Andrew , made a fixed deposit amount of US$11.3 Million which I personally cleared and he did not declare any next of kin in any of his papers before his unfortunate death on board India Plane Crash 22 May 2010.
All efforts made to locate his relative has been unsuccessful hence I contact you to present you since you are a foreigner to stand as the beneficiary to this funds transfer for onward transfer of this funds into your account,As regards, after the successful transfer, we shall share in the ratio of 50% for you, 50% for me as I will also like to partner with you for investment. Should you be interested please send me the following information:
1,Your Full names.
2,Country /current residential address.
3,Tele/Fax numbers.
4,Age and occupation
All I need from you is your readiness, trustworthiness and dedication. Please email me directly on my private email address: ( ) so we can begin arrangements and I would give you more information on how we would handle this venture and once i hear from you, I shall commence immediately with the processing of legal papers that will back up this claim in your name.
Best Regards.
Mr.Joe Allen.

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