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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: "GIVANAS COMPANY LIMITED" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:03:57 -0500

Hello dear..
we the GIVANAS LTD wish to inform you about our business proposal for you as our reprasentator in your country zone which will be fetching you good money for a comfortable living, which is one of our organizational visions to fight against poverty and unemployment around th world, so we seize to use this opportunity to congratulate you as one of our selected peoples together with our sixteen active member from united state who earn $200 every day based on their active effort on any business transaction assignment given to them which some of them are getting promoted as they deliver by additional $500 in a week,THE GIVANAS COMPANY LTD is a global company with no doubt and our eligibility is of no doubt as well, we have our branches in many countries like china, Ghana, Senegal, Malissia, Pakistan, Nigeria etc. we wish to have a good business deal with you with absolute loyalty,kindly get back to us via email..
full name....
mobile num...
current/living city...
full address...
get back to us so you can be assign to a particular country
which you will be representing.
espect to hear from you as soon as possible

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