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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: "Mr. Derek Josh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 05:41:57 +0200
Subject: Please, Can you partner with me?

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Your first reaction to this mail will be total rejection, scare and may be unbelief, owing largely to the atrocities people commit these days. But this mail comes from a kind and good spirited person.

With due respect and apology if I am bothering you in any manner, I know the internet is not safe anymore, people have abused it so much that it is difficult to trust anyone, lies, deceit, impersonation and theft to name but few. So please, I am begging you to handle what I am about to say with a pure heart and utmost secrecy. If after reading this email, you feel you cannot be of any help to me, please delete this message to avoid internet mongers pretending to be me.

My name is Mr. Derek Josh Eric, an Executive Auditor and head of computing department here in United Kingdom. This mail is very confidential.

I want to transfer Fifteen Million Pounds Sterling (15,000,000.00 GBP), that belongs to my Late client; He is a Director and owner of Petrochemical Service. He died without a will. Base on my investigation, I found out that no one is aware of this account.

However, I need your assistance and cooperation towards this. I will like you to provide an empty bank account where the fund will be transferred.

Then after the transfer, I will immediately visit your country for the sharing. I will receive 60% of the total amount and you 35%, remaining 5% will be for any expenses incurred.

Can you partner with me?
Reply me only if you can be able to handle such a huge sum of money.

Thank you kindly,
Mr. Derek Josh

Sent from my iPhone

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