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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: "Henry David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 23:48:11 -0700
Subject: Do You Have Interest in This Project ?

Dear friend,

This proposal is closely directed to you for your attention and you should not see this letter as a spam mail that was sent to you by strangers.

The sum of $ 18.2M United State Dollars was sealed in a Two-Trunk boxes and labeled family valuables and treasures and deposited awarded an Independent Security Company here in the Republic of Benin in West Africa, the Republic of Benin since 1999.This fund for the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone was meant but was diverted by my colleagues for personal benefit. Unfortunately, my colleagues lost their lives during the UN peacekeeping mission in Sierra Leone, when the rebels attacked their Territory unexpectedly.

Today I have the secret documents that allow me to make a reliable and reputable person who can stand as a "beneficiary" to the alleged agents of the present Security Company is discovered. If you are interested, we can do a deal to split the funds associated 50-50 without legal effect.

Please send me your full information for further discussion on this project.

You can contact me through my private e-mail address ( )

Thank you.
Truly greetings
Dr.Henry David

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