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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:

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:14:16 +0530
Subject: My name is CHINEDU BEN - Am from Imo State

My name is CHINEDU BEN - Am from Imo State Nigeria, But i Live in India,
I got your mail through a format you sent to my box so i decided to
write you to enable me inform you that am also
a guy man here in India that's what am into in-case you have any
Indian client Just let me know so that we can work together
and shear money out.Also my brother i have all India AZA which your client can
pay in money Because there is nor means of sending money out of India
So that is why am telling you if you have any client on bill which
you wan to collect money from Just inform me so that i will send an
AZA to you once the client paid the money we will pull it and send
yours to you with out any problem AZA mode of shearing is 65/35 :
You have 65% me and my office has 35%
But if you bring the job down here for a diplomatic delivering the
percentage is 60/40 : You have 40% me and my office goes with 60%.
Also i have Bangladesh contact / malaysia contact/ Sri lanka contact/
Spain contact / Incause you need it,

Here is my yahoo messenger id ( chinedubest93 ) Please you can add
me am always online to discus with you I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK IN YOUR

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