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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:

Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 15:47:28 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,
I'm happy to inform
you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation
of a new partiner from paraguay.Presently i'm in Japan for investment projects
with my own share of the total sum. meanwhile,i didn't forget your past efforts
and attempts to assist me in transffering those funds despite that it failed us
Now contact my
secretary in Cotonou Benin Republic his name is Mr, PAUL ORJI his
Email ask him to send you the
total $800,000.00 bank draft which i raised in your favour for your compensation
for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter.i appreciated
your efforts at that time very feel free and get in touched with my
secretary Mr, PAUL,  and instructed him where to send the amount to
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so
that we can share the joy after all the sufferness at that the moment,
i'm very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partiner are having athand, finally, remember that i had forwarded instruction
to the secretary on your behalf,so feel free to contact him now to eneble him
send your money to you without any delay.
Barrister Allison

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