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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: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:00:14 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: contact my secretary for your compensation

 Dear Friend,                                          
Longest time, I hope all is well, together with your family, Well Sorry to hear this news please understand that the fault is not from me. However, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay,  based on agreement received 25% of the entire money for his financial involvement and efforts,

Presently, I have relocated to South Korea to establish on Electronics Company projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how, Thank you very much.

Now, contact my secretary in Benin Rep. his name is Rev. Pedro Roberto Also please re-confirm the following information:
 1) Full Name:
 2) Full Address;
 3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
 4) Your Age and Profession;
 5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;

And sent it to him through Email;
Phone No: +229 987-486-67,

Ask him to send you the International VISA ATM Card total sum of $2.950,000.00 which I kept for you as compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. Please, I want you to accept it in good faith. I appreciated your honest efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touched with my secretary, Rev. Pedro Roberto and instruct him where to send the ATM Card to you quickly.

Please, do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy together after all the sufferings at that time. In the moment, I'm very much busy here because of the investment projects which I and the new partner are having at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so feel free to get in touch with Rev. Pedro Roberto he will send the ATM Card to you without any delay.
I remain your bosom friend,


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