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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: "scott" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 11:53:15 -0500
Subject: HI


  Greetings to you !
How are you with your family? I hope fine. I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Venezuela. Presently I’m in Venezuela, meanwhile I didn't forget your past efforts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it later failed us some how. Now contact my secretary Miss. Jessica Hassan
Feel free to contact her via e-mail IDFeel free to contact her via e-mail ID( OR and ask her to send you the ATM visa card sum of ($4.8M US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts you made to assist me in this transaction, despite it later failed us due to some inconveniences and do not fail to remember that my main purpose of this gift to you is because I don't want any body to know about the business or expose me since I will never expose any body. Therefore, feel free to get in touch with my secretary and she will send the ATM visa card Valued $4.8M united state dollars to your Address .
Full names: __
Zip Code:___
Sex: ___
Age: __
Marital status: ____
Occupation/Position: ___
Scann copy of any of your identification:_
Tel/House /private: __
Mr. James Bakayoko  Esq.

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