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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: rebecca david <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 16:45:28 +0800 (CST)

>From miss Rebecca David

I am Miss Rebecca David, I am seeking for your assistance in retrieval and transfer of the total sum USD$9.600, 000 (Nine Million Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to you. The money in question is deposited in a security company by my late father Mr. Peter David. My life is in danger hence my message to you. I will give you more details as we proceed.

Thanks and God bless you.

Miss Rebecca David.

N/B: I need your immediate response plz.

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