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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: "Gibson Scott" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 08:48:23 -0800

Attention: Friend!
My name is Gibson Scott, I'm an American citizen working with Royal Dutch
Shell in Majnoon oil field Basra in Iraq it is my pleasure to write you today.
Actually, I got your contact information through the International public
records while searching for friendship. I really wish to have you as a good
friend, I will appreciate your friendship, because I believe that good friend
is a Gift from God. I am very honest, caring, sensitive, loving, straight
forward and a business person. and also wish to entrust some funds in your
care, I have already sent the fund out of Iraq. I need your sincere and truthful
I have $6.5 Million US dollars that I successfully moved out of the country. I
need a good partner, someone I can trust. It is oil (Aviation kerosene
colonial Grade JP54 and D2) business money I did with Iraqi citizens worth
45 million US dollars, but the 6.5 million us dollars stated is my share on
the business and its legal. I have successfully moved the funds out of Iraq
as family valuables with the help of Universal WORLD TRUST security
Company through their branch in Middle East.
The most important thing is ''' Can I Trust You? Immediately these funds get
to you, you take your 30% out and keep my own 70%. Your own part of this
deal is to find a safe place where my part of the funds will be until I back
from Iraq and meet with you for discussions on how I can invest my own
part, but I have more interest on real estate or any other profitable
Anticipate your co-operation.
Gibson Scott

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