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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: "Jorge Mendez" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 07:50:06 +0800

Business relationship with mutual benefit

How are you today? You may be surprised about my letter but it is your luck to
make share huge money with me. I have a very good contact to wire some $69
million dollars to you without a trace or problems. Let me know if you are
interested asap and I will explain more about the funds to you.

I expect your reply promptly to enable me give you more details. If you are
willing to partake in the process please send me your information's. Please
Reply Me Through My private E-mail ID;(


Mr Jorge Mendez

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