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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: "Claude Regis Narain, OSK" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 03:51:29 +0800

Dear sir/ma,
Goodday to you today.

My name is Mr Claude Regis Narain, OSK,the Chairman,Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation{MBC}.The MBC is the major Radio and Television Broadcasting Company of Mauritius.In my capacity as the Chairman of the Mauritius Broadcasting Corporation{MBC}.I have been able to get COMMISSION from most of the contacts executed under my regime as the Chairman and most of the contracts where executed through our foreign partner assistance programs.
The total commission i got from the various contractors i have help to secure contracts amount to the sum of US$7,000,000:00{Seven Million, US Dollars only} .The amount is presently Lodged in a Foriegn Bank,and I am making arrangement for the Fund to be transferred to your country for my future investment.
NOTE:For the fact that i am still in civil service,I don,t want my company or anybody in my Country to know that I have such amount of money,that is why I am contacting you through this medium and with CONFIDENCE that you can oblige me this transaction,and handle it with utmost TRUST and SECRECY.
I am assuring you that this proposal is 100% safe,risk free and legal because i am going to use my position as the Chairman to get all necessary documentations for the safe transfer of the funds to your account.
Proper arrangement has been concluded to obtain the necessary documents in your Name as the beneficiary of the money as soon as i hear from you.

Best Regards,
Mr Claude Regis Narain, OSK

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