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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: "Maurice Iwu" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Dec 2012 10:32:29 -0000 (GMT)
Subject: Now contact my confidential secretary

How are you today? I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting
those Funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from China.
Presently I am in China for investment projects with my own Share of the
total sum. Everything was perfectly done because we strike a deal with one
of the accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and
she rendered a tremendous help to us. My new partner initiated this idea
and everything worked out successfully. Mean while, I didn't forget your
past efforts and Attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite
that it failed Us some how.

I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1,000,000.00 (One
Million US Dollars) this is from my own share. I did this simply to show
you that it is good to do good things to the right people always. Now
contact my confidential secretary as i stated below Follow his

Name: Mr. Mark Ugo.
Phone: +234-7083244858

Ask him to send you the check what of $1,000,000.00 which I kept for your
compensation for all your past efforts and attempt to assist me in this
matter and i appreciated your past efforts at that time very much. So feel
free and get in touched with my secretary and instruct him where to send
the check to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
Joy together after all the suffering at that time at moment I am very busy
here because of the investment projects Which i and my new partner are
having at hand, finally, remember that i Had forwarded instruction to him
on your behalf to receive the check, so feel free to get in touch with him
to send the check to you without any further delay.

Needed information’s are:

Your Full Name:....................
Your Home Address:.................
Your home phone:...................
Your Cell phone:...................
Your age:..........................
Your occupation:...................
A copy of your international passport or any valid ID

With best regards,
Maurice Iwu

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