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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: "" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 04:51:44 -0300
Subject: will you be of help?.

Dear One,

I am Mr.Jeff Nicolas,a personal assistance to one of the German Concorde victims.

I want you to assist me retrieve the fund of $4.8 Million (United States Dollars) he had deposited with the Finance firm as family valuable before the Plane Crash. I want your assistance in this regard before this deposited fund gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the firm if something is not done quickly.

Right now,the Finance firm has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin within a short time, or have the whole thing confiscated.

Since the whole family lost their lives on the Plane Crash,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that this fund could be released to you and we will have reputation to negotiate on a business been favourable.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of the law.

NOTE: All correspondence between you and I should be made through this email address for security reasons and also indicate your private contact information like telephone, mobile phone, fax numbers for easy communication.This transaction should be confidential between me and you, therefore the secrecy will be highly maintained within two of us.

You will have 30% of the total amount while 60% is for me then 10% is for any expenses that might occur during the transaction.

I am sorry if you are embarrassed by my mail but if for any reason you find this offensive,you can ignore it and please accept my apology.

I look forward to recieve a favourable response from you.

Best regards.

Mr.Jeff Nicolas.

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