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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: "Mrs.Mary George" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 17 Feb 2014 20:47:42 +0200

My Name is Mrs Mary George.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this
mail finds you in an excellent condition of health.

But if you do not remember me, you have received an email from me in the
past regarding my late father inheritance
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded at that time.
I am using this opportunity to inform you that my late father inheritance
which was WILL in my name have been concluded with another Greek Merchant
who financed it to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort
to our unfinished transfer of the funds into your account, due to one
reason or the other bests to known you at that time.

Due to the effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed
during the course of the transaction, I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to you with the sum of $400,000.00. I have left an international
certified bank draft for you, worth about $400,000.00 cashable anywhere in
the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my Pastor Martin HARRISON so
that he will send the draft to you without any delay.

At the moment, I 'm
very busy here in Paraguay South American, trying to invest my money with
the help of the Good Samaritan who hears my cry and assistant in the
release of my funds with the bank.

Please I will like you to accept this
token with good faith as this is from the bottom of my heart.

ADDRESS: Akpakpa, Cotonou-Republic Du Benin
Num;+229 9379430}

Therefore, you should send him your full Name, telephone number and
contact address for his reference and make further arrangement with him on
how you want to receive your check.

Thanks you in anticipation for your past efforts and God bless you.

Best Regards
Mrs Mary George.

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