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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 Collins <>
Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 06:40:27 -0700 (PDT)

I guess you are feeling great? So what happened, and what went wrong that made you to seize communication with me for such a long time, I hope
nothing bad happened to you? Or don't you need me as your friend again,? Anyway I didn't forget you on my birthday celebrations coz it is a special
time that friends should remember each other in a special way.
Well, I had my birthday party last sunday and I got some gifts from my
organization, friends and relatives, your thought just came in my mind
and I decided to let you have some of the pleasant gifts. And also to
register in your heart that I still value our friendship.
I sent the gifts via our organization Chief Protocol, Dr.Christiano
Correia,  he went back to Africa this morning and I gave him the gift
package to deliver to you when he arrives there since you didn't provide me with your postal address and I couldn't wait for you to do that now
coz I want to be traveling to Swiss for an official assignment and later return to Canada.
I believe where the Chief Protocol is residing might be closer to you or your residence country. Just contact him via email:      and have a possible discuss with him on phone: +245-6500397, regarding how to receive my birthday gift package for you.
Please do accept this token of love, I know it isn't much but I sent it from
my innermost heart and belief you gonna appreciate everything inside the package coz it is coming from a special friend and in a special way to
remember me on my birthday.
The content of the pack are; 
Dell laptop computer, 
ipod-phones, AN ENVELOPE, 
Video Camera
and some jewelries.

 I packed everything in a medium carton and the Chief Protocol accepted to deliver it to you coz he didn't went home with much luggage's of his
own when he was going back to Africa this morning. Open the packet of
the Laptop and to bring out envelop which I put inside, it contains some of my recent photos and a surprise gift which I don't want to disclose
to you till you see it.
Update me when you receive it, so I will be aware. Wishing you the best in life.
Yours truly,
Miami Florida USA



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