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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: John Nelson <>
Reply-To: John Nelson <>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:14:41 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Hello My Good Friend.

Hello My Good Friend.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect condition. You may not understand why this mail came to you. But if you do not remember me, you might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded.

I am using this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-Dollars business deal has been concluded with another person who later financed it to a logical conclusion. I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund to my new partner's account in Cech Republic that was capable of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust worthiness you showed during the course of the transaction we want to compensate you and show our gratitude to you with the sum of $1,000.000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) I have authorized the finance house where I deposited my money to issue you an international certified bank draft cashable at your bank.
My dear friend I will like you to contact the Security Company immediately for the Release of your compensation funds to you for your past effort in complying with me and my new partner We have authorized them to release the fund to you as soon as you contact them regarding this issue

At this moment, I 'm very busy here because of the investment projects which I and my new partner are having at hand. Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the bottom of our heart. Also comply with the Security Company so that they will Transfer your funds to you without any delay.

So feel free and get in touched with them and you should send them your full Name and telephone number/your home address and Bank account information where you want them to transfer the funds into.
The name and contact address of the Person with your Cheque is  as follows.
Name: Fred Agoha
Phone: +22968664613

Thanks and God bless you and your family.


Barrister John Nelson

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