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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: Raymond Patrick <>
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2014 19:20:20 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Re: Very Urgent 05/13/2014

This Is Letter is From African Union Office, we want to Remind you that Hon
executive President of African Union Mr Thomas Boni Yayi From Benin, and Ecowas
President Dr GoodLuck Jonathan From Nigeria Has Finally Sign your
compensation/Inheritance Fund Release, according to the instruction Given By
the American President Mr Barack Obama and European Union Executive, to release
all the abandoned payment. so now your Total fund worth of $1,2million Dollars
is Currently Ready at MONEY GRAM department here, so the Agent In- charge with
information below

Name Mr David Lucas
Contact email:
contact Tele: +229-9832-7556
Reconfirm your, Full Name: ---State: ---City: ---Full Address: ---Phone number:
--- Occupation.

Note the Daily Payment is $5000 dollars so contact him with above details so
that he can provide you with further Information and also know that the only
thing that this Transaction will cost you is Re-activation fee, $87 dollars

Sincerely Raymond Patrick

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